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    Who can explain this to me?

    Hello everybody! It is very nice being here. This is my first post and i would start by asking you to comment on some quotes.

    "There is a great deal of difference between No said in a clipped, definite tone (Nope) and No said in a drawled, meditative tone

    Can you explain this to me please?

    And the last one:

    What articulatory processes can be found to underline /pli:s/? Note that there are some variants in pronunciation, including ones that do not conform to the norm.

    I am writting a test in 2 day and i would be thankfull if anybody of you could give me some help.
    thanx in advance
    Last edited by elina_p79; 01-Aug-2006 at 18:05.

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    Re: Who can explain this to me?

    Hello Elina, welcome to Using English!

    1. No

    It's difficult to know exactly what the author meant, without more context; but he seems to want to distinguish between a brusque "no", which is usually a simple negative, and a "no" where the vowel "o" is deliberately lengthened, which is usually a doubtful negative.

    For instance, if you ask me whether I like tofu, I will say "no" in a brusque, definite, no-nonsense fashion, because I certainly don't like tofu.

    If however you say to me "MrQ wasn't very amusing this evening, was he?", I might reply "No-o-o-o", in a "meditative tone", because it's true that MrQ wasn't very amusing; but I also know that there were extenuating circumstances, and so don't entirely blame him (his cat was run over by a bus yesterday).

    2. Please

    This seems to mean "how do you pronounce 'please' in a way that emphasises its meaning?"

    For instance, children often lengthen the "-ee-" sound, in an ingratiating way, e.g.

    "Can I have another 50, please, Dad? "
    "No, you can't. Now go away."

    Let me know if it's still unclear!

    Have a pleasant Wednesday,


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    Re: Who can explain this to me?

    Hello! Thank you very much for your reply. I should explain these quotes in phonetic or phonological terms. The meaning of them is clear to me but i do not know what are the appropriate phonetical and phonological terms to describe them. Any idea?

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