LIN 310

Intonation: Melody in Language

Byron T. Ahn

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What is intonation? How can we measure it, transcribe it, and analyze it? This class focuses on American English melodic patterns, addressing questions such as: What is the difference between Mandarin-style tone and English-style intonation? Do all questions have the same intonation? How do you pronounce a comma? What does it mean to stress a word? Students learn how to analyze prosodic data (intonation, phrasing, and prominence) using laboratory methods, computer software, and standard annotation conventions. After analyzing the American English intonational system, we compare it to melodic systems of other languages of the world.

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