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What was the intention of the speaker when she said with a rising tone in the below audio?

When the sentence I went to the theatre last night was said with a rising intonation at the end,... What was the speaker trying to convey or What kinds of situation could she use that type of ...
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In a word, A stressed syllable is unstressed and An unstressed syllable is stressed - Why is that? [closed]

Usually, to stress a syllable we should say it louder, longer and higher in pitch than the rest syllables of a word. However, the following words in these below sentences such as California, talented, ...
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When talking about age, should “YEARS” or “OLD” be stressed in a sentence?

When saying: A lot of them are more than a hundred years old. which word, "years" or "old", should be stressed? And is each stress have a different meaning or not? If it's yes, what are they? ...
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If I'm angry, which word should I stress in “You just walked in without knocking!”?

In the sentence "You just walked in without knocking!", if I want to emphasize that I'm ANGRY about someone NOT KNOCKING the door, Which word, "just", "without" or "knocking", should I stress
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What is the meaning of a Falling Intonation in a yes/no question?

In the question "Did you leave an Easter egg during our interview?" from this video entitled, Taylor Swift Answers Ellen's 'Burning Questions' Why did Ellen DeGeneres say "during our interview" ...
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How to stress a word in a sentence? Speak louler and clearly or say higher in pitch?

I can easily find out which word that is stressed in a sentence if it's (1) both said clearly, loudly and said in the highest pitch range of that sentence. But in some cases, the speaker just (2) says ...
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Which word is stressed in this sentence “Sometimes you don't even know…” of the below video?

Some told me different word stresses in a sentence conveys different meanings. So I'm learning to find out where the stress is. If the word is said clearly, powerfully and highest in pitch, then it's ...
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Is this sentence ambiguous? 'Tom left directions for Sam to follow.'

I know that some sentences can have different meanings when speaking them with different intonations. But in this sentence, 'Tom left directions for Sam to follow', could have different meaning? ...
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Why does a grasshopper say that an eponymous drink is named 'Norman'?

Source: Language at the Speed of Sight (1 ed. 2017), p. 21 Bottom. And speaking of humor, here is John Cleese's favorite joke: A grasshopper hops into a bar and onto a stool. The ...
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Contrastive focus reduplication

I would like somebody to explain this colloquial structure to me: Contrastive focus reduplication (also lexical cloning, the double construction) is a type of syntactic reduplication found in some ...
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Are there any intonation rules in declarative sentences?

I found it's not totally right to use only falling intonation at the end of a declarative sentences.It seems that there're some other words in the sentence use high or low or falling-rising intonation....