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Intonation. English Phonetics and Phonology Lesson 6A. The functions of intonation. Attitudinal function Accentual function Grammatical function Discourse function. Speech may be divided into tone units. Each tone unit is composed of:. A tonic syllable (obbligatory)

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intonation

Intonation

English Phonetics and Phonology

Lesson 6A

the functions of intonation
The functions of intonation
  • Attitudinal function
  • Accentual function
  • Grammatical function
  • Discourse function
speech may be divided into tone units each tone unit is composed of
Speech may be divided into tone units.Each tone unit is composed of:
  • A tonic syllable (obbligatory)
  • Optional elements which precede the tonic syllable (pre-head, head)
  • Optional elements which follow the tonic syllable (tail)
in short

In short:

(pre-head) + (head) + tonic syllable + (tail)

we will begin by looking at the tonic syllable it may follow one of these intonation patterns
We will begin by looking at the tonic syllable, it may follow one of these intonation patterns
  • Fall
  • Rise
  • Fall-Rise
  • Rise-Fall
  • Level
each of these may express particular attitudes
Each of these may express particular attitudes
  • Fall: neutral statement
  • Rise: neutral question, doubt
  • Fall-Rise: surprise, scepticism
  • Rise-Fall: emphatic statement
  • Level: boredom, disinterest
fall neutral statement conclusion
Fall: neutral statement, conclusion
  • E.g. Have you seen Ann?
  • Yes. (Falling intonation indicates ‘I have answered your question and do not intend to add anything else’)
rise questioning doubt desire to continue conversation
Rise: questioning, doubt, desire to continue conversation
  • E.g. Have you seen Ann lately?
  • Yes… (Rising intonation indicates ‘I want to continue the conversation, I am curious’)
rise fall emphatic statement irritation command
Rise-Fall: emphatic statement, irritation, command
  • Do I really have to clean my room?
  • Yes!
fall rise surprise scepticism
Fall-Rise: surprise, scepticism
  • Ann and Peter were on good terms at the party
  • Oh yes?
level boredom lack of interest
Level: boredom, lack of interest
  • Can you remember Peter Jackson, the cost consultant for our company in Taiwan? The other day in the office I invited him for dinner, he’ll be coming tomorrow.
  • Yes.
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Here we have added a stressed syllable, ‘told’, before the tonic, which is called the head. Notice how the intonation rises from the pre-head.

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Here we have added syllables after the tonic, this is called the tail. Note how it tends to follow the intonation pattern of the tonic.
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This is obviously not the only possible realisation of this sentence. If we put the main stress on ‘told’, it changes the pattern completely.

in a similar way a rising tonic syllable will condition its tail here when is the tonic syllable
In a similar way a rising tonic syllable will condition its tail: here ‘when’ is the tonic syllable
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Again when we come to complex tone we find the tail following the tonic syllable: for a fall-rise the fall occurs on the tonic and the rise at the end of the tail

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While diagrams are immediate and clear, a more practical system of symbols has been developed to denote innotation
stressed syllables in the head are noted with a vertical tick
Stressed syllables in the head are noted with a vertical tick
  • I want to ’ go to the ‘ dentists.
stressed syllables in the tail are noted with a dot
Stressed syllables in the tail are noted with a dot
  • I want to ‘ go to the ‘ dentists to.morrow .morning
how to analyse a tone unit
How to analyse a tone unit
  • Identify the tonic (syllable) , i.e. the syllable where there is strong movement and stress)
  • Are there any other stressed syllables before the tonic?

- no: the area before the tonic is called the “pre-head”

- yes: the area between the stressed syllable and tonic is called the “head” and the area before the stressed syllable is the “pre-head”

  • Are there any words after the tonic? If yes, this is the tail
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