Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. reagan
    Guest
    #1

    Question astaircase intonation do's and dont's

    staircase intonation do's and dont's

  2. Soup's Avatar
    VIP Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,882
    #2

    Re: astaircase intonation do's and dont's

    Rule 1: Top of the Staircase
    T is pronounced T.

    Ex. Ted or Italian.

    Rule 2: Middle of the Staircase
    T is pronounced as D.

    Ex. Betty [Beddy], Italy [Idaly].

    Rule 3: Bottom of the Staircase
    T is in the held position -- the tongue is in the T position, but the air is'nt released.

    Ex. hot [ho(t)].

    Rule 4: "Held T" Before N
    Don't pop the T -- the tongue is in the T position -- but release the air with the N, not the T. There is no [t] and no [ə].

    Ex. written [ri(t)n].

    Rule 5: The Silent T
    [t] and [n] are so close in the mouth that the [t] can simply disappear.

    Ex. interview [innerview].


Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •