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    Barely tolerable - intonation

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B72...it?usp=sharing

    How is the word "tolerable" pronounced in this video:

    1) with a rising tone /tolerable
    2) with a falling tone \tolerable
    3)with a fall-rise \tolera/ble

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    Re: Barely tolerable - intonation

    It doesn't rise much to me.

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    Re: Barely tolerable - intonation

    Falling, I'd say. And I'm not sure about the adverb. The screenwriter has perfectly, I think, but it's not clear. Jane Austen (P&P, vol 1 chap iii) has no adverb at all: Darcy says 'She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me.' The following 'but...' makes it likely that there would normmally be a slight rise in the pitch of the last syllable, but Darcy is being a wet blanket.

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    Re: Barely tolerable - intonation

    Ah, I think the adverb is "fairly" or "favourably", not "barely" (I thought "barely" strange myself)! Thank you, BobK.

    Darcy is categoric then. ) And could I ask one more question here about the intonation of the word "agreeable" pronounced by Mr Bingley in this episode? Can we say that he uses a falling-rising tone, "like a wave"Click image for larger version. 

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    I am looking for this "wavy" Fall-Rise tone somewhere in the film, you see...

    Here's the same link again for your convenience:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B72...it?usp=sharing
    Last edited by englishhobby; 02-Jul-2014 at 12:15.
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