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some questions about English intonation I'm a little confused about English intonation. When you read a sentence containing two clauses such as"The hunt went on for several weeks, but the puma was not caught", how do you read the word"weeks", fall or rise? Is there a rule or something? And when do you speak in fall-rise tone?
Nov 25, 2014 11:33 AM
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Intonation consists of pitch contours peaking on the stressed syllable of the last CONTENT word in each phrase. In the phrase you mentioned the content words are in capitals...The HUNT went on for several WEEKS. I think that WEEKS in this sentence would probably have a slight rise to it to indicate that you have further information to give...ie..the second clause. An example of fall-rise might be to express surprise or scepticism, for example: 'Ann and Peter were on good terms after the party' Response: oh yes? (respondent is surprised or doesn't believe the statement). Hope that helps.
November 25, 2014
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