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    What are the intonations of these sentences?

    Hello, Teachers.

    My knowledge about the intonation (rising or falling) of English is very limited, especially about those of the clauses and parentheses in long sentences. Here are some examples:

    He said that the news that the officer would resign is not true.

    They built a factory which produced things that had never been seen.

    Here is the English grammar book which, as I have told you, will help improve your English.

    Mike, as we expected, attended the meeting.

    I decided to write about Chaplin, one of whose films I had seen several years before.

    That was in 1929, since when things have been better.
    Are there any general rulesfor this issue? What’s the meaning of “falling-rising tone”? It would be very nice if you could give me some explanation or internet resources.

    Thank you in advance.

    Enydia

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    Re: What are the intonations of these sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Hello, Teachers.

    My knowledge about the intonation (rising or falling) of English is very limited, especially about those of the clauses and parentheses in long sentences. Here are some examples:
    He said that the news that the officer would resign is not true.

    They built a factory which produced things that had never been seen.

    Here is the English grammar book which, as I have told you, will help improve your English.

    Mike, as we expected, attended the meeting.

    I decided to write about Chaplin, one of whose films I had seen several years before.

    That was in 1929, since when things have been better.
    Are there any general rulesfor this issue? What’s the meaning of “falling-rising tone”? It would be very nice if you could give me some explanation or internet resources.

    Thank you in advance.

    Enydia
    You could start here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosody_(linguistics)
    Here is a video that describes falling and rising tones:
    YouTube - Lesson 10a - INTONATION - English Pronunciation

    Unfortunately there is no easy system of marking text with intonation patterns, so it's best to learn this from audio or video-recordings.

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    Re: What are the intonations of these sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You could start here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosody_(linguistics)
    Here is a video that describes falling and rising tones:
    YouTube - Lesson 10a - INTONATION - English Pronunciation

    Unfortunately there is no easy system of marking text with intonation patterns, so it's best to learn this from audio or video-recordings.
    More unfortunately, You Tube is in the ban list of GFW (The Great Firewall of China)

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    Re: What are the intonations of these sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    More unfortunately, You Tube is in the ban list of GFW (The Great Firewall of China)
    Yes, that is unfortunate. However, if you search for "Speech intonation", "Speech prosody", etc. you'll find other sites.
    I'll print an example of a marked up sentence a bit later.

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    Re: What are the intonations of these sentences?

    Hi enydia
    Here are some of the sentences with pitch contours added.
    This is only one way of saying these sentences
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails contour.jpg  

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