Using Intonation to Show Feeling – #79840

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Using Intonation to Show Feeling – #79840

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Important Points to Remember:

  • You can use your pitch to show that you mean the opposite of what you say.
  • “Yes” (rise-fall pattern) = Yes
    “Yes” (small rise-lengthened fall pattern) = No

  • You can use pitch to describe how you are feeling:
  • GREAT: neutral (up on “e”; down on “at”)
    GREAT: enthusiastic (higher up on “e”; down on “at”)
    GREAT: sarcastic (slightly up on “e”; down on “at” but stretched)
    GREAT: uncertain (up on “at”)
    GREAT: angry (sharp down on “at”)

  • You can use your pitch to show surprise:
  • The meeting starts at 8:30? (higher rise on “30”)

  • By placing a rising pitch on different words, you can change your meaning of the sentence:
  • She didn’t make reservations for dinner.
    (This means that reservations were made for a different meal, not dinner.)

    She didn’t make reservations for dinner.
    (This means that someone else made the reservations, not this woman.)

    She didn’t make reservations.
    (This means that she didn’t make the reservations, but she was supposed to.)

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