Intonation Patterns

May 15th, 2015
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While some tonal languages such as Mandarin, Cantonese and Vietnamese use changes in pitch to differentiate between words, English uses pitch or intonation patterns over phrases and sentences to convey larger chunks of meaning.

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Intonation PatternsThe Melody of Spoken English: Intonation PatternsDo you ever hear people say that English has a melody? Its true. Many people think that spoken English has a musical quality. Thats probably because we use many intonation patterns when we speak.What do I mean by intonation patterns?Well, intonation refers to the pitch patterns we Americans use when we talk. There are many intonation patterns in American English. These patterns are important because they convey meaning.While some tonal languages such as Mandarin, Cantonese and Vietnamese use changes in pitch t

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