The utterance of the audio is "But I need your ideas. I need two heads." The intonation pattern of "heads" completely goes down because the speaker's statement is finished. However, the intonation pattern of "ideas" doesn't seem to completely go down. It seems that there is a slight rise at the end of "ideas" since the utterance isn't finished. Does its intonation contour go like the picture shown below, which is a so-called tonic stress to have a continuation rise? Am I right about it?

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Or, if there is only the first sentence - "I need your ideas". Is the intonation contour still same as the one with two sentences - "I need your ideas. I need two heads." ?

  • It sounds like PLAIN-RISE-FALL to me. She stressed the de syllable and the pitch goes up.
    – Void
    Jun 25, 2021 at 8:50
  • @Void So. it does go up at "as" slightly, at the end of idea, right? Jun 25, 2021 at 9:10
  • I'd say it falls on as...
    – Void
    Jun 25, 2021 at 9:11
  • @Void. Then it completely goes down like "heads" in the second sentence. Is that what you mean? Jun 25, 2021 at 9:25
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    I don't think there's much of a rise on -de- (try pausing right after -de- - if there were rising intonation, it would sound like a question, but it doesn't). The syllable is overstressed and slightly lengthened, which gives it that "pleading" tone (like a child saying Moom, I want to go to the paa-rty). Jun 25, 2021 at 13:01


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