Skip to main content

Questions tagged [intonation]

The tag has no usage guidance.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
7 votes
1 answer
2k views

Did he really say "What's your weight?"? [intonation]

Did he really say "What's your weight?"? What an impolite question! What intonation should I use at the end of the first sentence? The first sentence is not a wh-question while "What's ...
Kaguyahime's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
125 views

The way I phrase questions seems to confuse native English speakers

I am an Indian, so the English I speak is more closer to British English than American English. And this particular way I phrase questions seems to confuse Americans more than Britishers from what I ...
Aditya's user avatar
  • 463
3 votes
1 answer
133 views

What is it called when a grammatical statement is delivered as a question?

When a person says a grammatically correct sentence, but it's not clear from the way they say, whether it's a question or a statement, what's this delivery called? So when the sentence is written down,...
Eskay's user avatar
  • 33
0 votes
1 answer
30 views

A question on word stress

Video link:stress It seems that two stresses are put in the following words in the video and all of the main stress are on the second syllable because the pitch is higher and rises on the second one. ...
questionguy's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
49 views

Why does the rising pitch start from "in a rush" instead of "rush"?

YouTube: in a rush Please watch the video first. The image is the pitch contour from PRAAT. It shows that the rising pitch starts from "in a rush" instead of "rush". Is it because ...
questionguy's user avatar
-1 votes
2 answers
89 views

Which intonation is used in the sentence your home work or you cannot go out with your friends

Which intonation is used in the sentence Finish your home work or you cannot go out with your friends.
Sajitha Hisham's user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
32 views

intonation resolving apparent contradiction

Is it natural to use (a) to mean (b)? If it is, does it require special intonation? a. Jack is not a dog but a Labrador. b. Jack is not just any dog but a Labrador.
Apollyon's user avatar
  • 6,006
0 votes
1 answer
61 views

How to use the IPA chart?

I've studied in English medium institutions all my life. However, now I'd like to brush up my intonation and pronunciation well before an IELTS exam. I've got the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet)...
Nayeem Arefin Ratul's user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
75 views

Could you tell me whether you like dogs or cats? - Questions and Intonation: Up or Down?

https://rachelsenglish.com/questions-intonation/ According to this video, yes-no questions have an intonation that goes up at the end. Other types have an intonation that goes down. But if it is a ...
vincentlin's user avatar
  • 2,355
0 votes
1 answer
122 views

Does the sentence 'I know I am' need a comma? [closed]

'I know, I am' indicates a different tone the way I see it. But maybe I'm wrong. What type of sentence is 'I know I am!' ?
Sophia's user avatar
  • 19
0 votes
0 answers
60 views

Intonation changes meaning

The audio includes two short conversations in which the speaker answers with different intonations of "pretty" so as to cause different meanings of the two answers. The second one means she ...
questionguy's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
60 views

What's the intonation pattern of "ideas"?

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,...
questionguy's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
44 views

Meaning difference caused by intonation

I’m English learner living in Korea and I’ve just studied English ‘intonation.’ I already know when people speak a general sentence, the last word is focused. However, I can’t understand some parts of ...
sangwoo's user avatar
  • 23
0 votes
3 answers
4k views

Rising or falling intonation? " How on earth did you find out?"

Rising or falling intonation? How on earth did you find out? We should use falling intonation when asking wh questions, but we should use rising intonation to express high-energy emotions like anger,...
a.RR's user avatar
  • 947
1 vote
1 answer
61 views

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 ...
Pith's user avatar
  • 638
0 votes
2 answers
281 views

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, ...
Pith's user avatar
  • 638
0 votes
1 answer
144 views

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? ...
Pith's user avatar
  • 638
0 votes
1 answer
52 views

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
Pith's user avatar
  • 638
1 vote
2 answers
1k views

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" ...
Pith's user avatar
  • 638
0 votes
0 answers
64 views

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 ...
Pith's user avatar
  • 638
1 vote
1 answer
66 views

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 ...
Pith's user avatar
  • 638
1 vote
2 answers
259 views

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? ...
gourmet's user avatar
  • 81
2 votes
2 answers
3k views

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 ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
414 views

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 ...
Juan Zarate's user avatar
3 votes
4 answers
5k views

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....
christina lee's user avatar