Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Simple Rule for Pronunciation & Intonation

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Simple Rule for Pronunciation & Intonation


Voiced sounds will make the throat vibrate.
Aspiration refers to a puff of air when a sound is produced.
Draw simple diagrams of tongue and lip positions. Make sure all students can clearly see
your mouth while you model sounds.
Word or sentence intonation can be mimicked with a kazoo, or alternatively by humming.
‘Epenthesis’ is what happens when speakers add a sound before (word-initial) within
(word-internal) or after (word-final) a word or phrase. This additional sound can sometimes
cause misunderstandings in communication or (inappropriate) ridicule from native
speakers (Oh no!).
Pronunciation rules, also different pronunciations through laying stress on different words.
You have come to know about vowels and intonation i.e. pitch.. Now you also know what
is rising, falling, dipping and peaking intonation. You have also learnt the importance of shwa
as a vowel sound.
Pronunciation involves far more than individual sounds. Word stress, sentence stress,
intonation, and word linking all influence the sound of spoken English, not to mention
the way we often slur words and phrases together in casual speech.


Dialects: A regional variety of a language, with differences in vocabulary, grammar, and
pronunciation
Epenthesis: Insertion of an extra sound into a word, as happens in some dialect pronunciations
or in a word’s development over time.
Intonation: Pitch
Phonemes: A speech sound that distinguishes one word from another, e.g. the sounds “d” and “t”
in the words “bid” and “bit.” A phoneme is the smallest phonetic unit that can carry meaning.
Syllable: A unit of spoken language that consists of one or more vowel sounds alone, a syllabic
consonant alone, or any of these with one or more consonant sounds

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