CONVERSATION WITH STRESS,
INTONATION & PRONUNCIATION
4 basic ways that energy can be controlled when speaking a language.
the direction, pressure, and volume of air in our vocal tracts to make letter
and word sounds. Stress is the amount of energy or effort that we use to make
these changes. American English is a stress language. More stress, or more
energy, is used to pronounce words that are more important in a sentence.
ever tapped your foot when listening to music? You tap your foot to the rhythm
or beat of the musical sounds. Sometimes the rhythm of the music is fast and
sometimes it is slow. Spoken language also has rhythm. The rhythm of spoken
words and sentences change as the amount of energy used to pronounce them
the pitch, or music, of our voice, to put emotion and meaning into our words
and sentences. The intonation or pitch of our voice can go up or down or stay
flat. Often, we change the intonation of our voice before (intonation goes up)
and after (intonation goes down) we pronounce stressed words. More
pronunciation energy is used when intonation is going up an less is used when
intonation is going down.
add a pause, or a moment of silence, between words to add meaning and emotion
to what we say. Pause = No pronunciation energy. There is a relationship; there
is a connection, between stress, rhythm, intonation, and pause. Basic prosody
is the study of these relationships and how they are used to add emotion and
meaning to words and sentences.
CONVERSATION EXPRESSING FEELING
Bradley: That was one dozy of a trip.
beat. Let's get a room and put our bikes away for good.
Bradley: I'll rent a scooter so we can go exploring
Leroy: Good. Because I wouldn't get on that
bike again if my life depended on it. Bradley:
Le. It was fun.
Leroy: No. Going to the beach tomorrow will be
fun. That bike ride was torture. Bradley: All
Let's go get some rest. Leroy: I second that notion.
worn out, very tired
Example: I worked a 12 hour shift today.
I'm beat so I'm going to just stay home tonight
Keep up with!!!
Guys, you've been doing great. There are just a couple of more areas I'd like
to show you.
Randall: Are we going to look at paintings?
Glenn: To tell the truth, that's one area I
don't keep up with as much. Randall:
they bore you?
Glenn: Oh, not at all. It's just that the
museum changes the exhibits every few months.
Randall: I bet keeping up can be quite difficult.
Glenn: Yeah, I never feel like I know enough
of change is so fast that we find it hard to keep up with the latest