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Is English really a non-tonal language?

The British Council Teaching English site says: English is not a tonal language – i.e. pitch changes in words do not change meanings. Patterns of pitch changes (intonation patterns) are [instead] ...
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What are the relative stress order among noun, adj., verb., adv., negative word when they meet in a sentence? Is there grammar sentence stress rules [closed]

the example sentences are, "the dog ate a piece of black meat quickly. " , "Tom bought an extremally interesting book in the store for his brother." I hope get the default sentence ...
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Example word that is a homograph and preposition

My research involves the study of word frequency in American English and the importance of context when connecting text representations to different speech representations. I would like to know if ...
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When do you put a comma after the last word or thing in a long list followed by a verb and object?

When do you put a comma after the last word or thing in a long list followed by a verb and object? This question in the context of a novel is about the last or terminal comma after a long list that ...
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How do I tell the difference between "two" and "too"?

If there's someone said "I'm twenty", and another person replied to him "I'm twenty too". But I heard it "I'm twenty-two". Is there a way to tell the difference between ...
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What does the intonation pattern on "online" mean or imply? [closed]

What does the speaker mean or imply with the intonation on "online" at 0:31 around? A negative and doubtful query? Does the intonation pattern on "online" completely fall at the ...
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In the example, who do the pronouns she and her refer to?

Page 277 of Beyond the Segment: Stress, Rhythm and Intonation reads Jane said she’d been delighted long enough and Margaret offended her. The nuclear stress rule tells us that nuclear stress falls ...
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Should I have a comma

I am in the process of writing an essay. I have a sentence in which I am trying to write about my school (XYZ). The sentence reads This is not the XYZ students all love and adore. Should there be a ...
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Which pronunciation and intonation is better or native-like? (two recordings of 20 seconds attached) [closed]

Community! Me and my sister decided to find out whose pronunciation/intonation is better. Can you please help us out? Recording 1 (vocaroo) Recording 2 (vocaroo)
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Why do we struggle so much when we try to pronounce something correctly? [closed]

Being native speakers of English, You guys pronounce all the words exactly the way they should be pronounced effortlessly, no matter how fast you speak. We non-native speakers of English, however, ...
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Intonation in interrogative sentence

I would like to know what kind of intonation the following sentences have: Does it hurt? Doesn't it hurt? I pronounce both with the same rising intonation but my friend told me I was wrong. Do both ...
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How does the pitch change through the phrase "a gorgeous young model"?

When one pronounces the phrase a gorgeous young model in a very normal way (without any special stress to emphasize a specific meaning), which word will be said in the highest pitch, which word ...
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Is there a word for wordlessly humming words/phrases? [duplicate]

"Yeah-huh", "Nuh-uh". "Ah." "Oh." "Um." "Ew." "Huh!" "Huh?" "Ehh." "I don't know." Tone and breath are all that separate all of these 'm' sounds. You can say a lot without opening your mouth....
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Rising and falling intonation

I have been told that rising and falling intonation can change the meaning of a sentence. For me as a non-native speaker of English this may sometimes cause misunderstanding. In the following ...
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Young native-speaking males emphasizing deep voices

Recently a possibly new speech pattern has come to my attention and I am wondering whether it is genuine or whether I am mistaken. It is young, male native speakers emphasizing a deep, "rough" voice. ...
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How would changing the stress position in descriptive phrases change the meaning?

Usually in a phrase composed of an adjective followed by a noun, the noun gets the most stress, and in a phrasal verb like (go on, sit down, stand up) the preposition gets the most stress. However ...
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intonation affected the meaning

Explain how the changes in intonation affect the meaning of the following sentences: "My brother bought her a red dress." "My brother bought her a red dress." "My brother bought her a red dress." "My ...
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Higher pitch on the first few words of a sentence? [closed]

I've recently been watching some streamers on TwitchTV. I noticed sometimes they used a higher pitch at the beginning of a sentence for content/important words. For example in a conversation ...
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Does word pronunciation change when it's in a sentence?

I’m Chinese and am learning English. When I watch video materials from US and UK, I've noticed a phenomenon: in British, a word may sound much different when it's said in a sentence compared to when ...
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What kind of English that the narration of the starting part of A.I. movie?

I'm watching the A.I. Artificial Intelligence. And I just realized that the pronunciation and intonation is special. The pronunciation is very strict. Hear the part .. economic link the c ends with k ...
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About: intonation_''wh-question''

This is a simple one. Could you tell me what "Carbonara" is? Now. The question is: Which intonation should be used? Is it a yes/no question or a wh-question? -It is a polite request for ...
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Differences between American and British question intonation?

In interactions with American and British people, I've noted Americans tend to have rise-fall (↗↘) intonation while I've heard the British having rise-fall-rise (↗↘↗) intonation while asking questions....
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Is it always necessary to use a falling tone in referring expressions?

Is it always necessary to use a falling tone in referring expressions? I know that it is sometimes used but do native speaker sometimes ignore it?
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Which words of this sentence will get stressed and a falling pitch [closed]

The sentence is: I finished high school in 2010. The part I want to stress is the year, 2010. Which words of this sentence will get stressed and a falling pitch? How do you describe the way that ...
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Confused about intonation! Will intonation modify the the pronunciation of a word in the dictionary?

This Video at 2:55 said that "when we have a list, we use rising intonation in each phrase until we get the final item of the list... the final item of the list will have falling intonation" Ok, let ...
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Negative word for someone whose voice pitch varies too much? (opposite of monotone)

The closest word I can come up with is "dynamic", but that has positive connotations. I'm looking for a word for someone whose voice is dynamic to the extreme--overly varied intonation. The best I ...
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Pronunciation of Who is it?

I heard the question "Who is it?" in a movie. [Person A] knocked on a door. [Person B] came to open the door, but before that he asks "Who is it?" This three syllables question can be pronounced ...
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Is it correct to use "no?" after a question to get some kind of confirmation [duplicate]

We are going to the club tonight, no? Is it correct?
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How can we distinguish "uptalk" from a real question?

uptalk or high rising terminals is an intonation pattern where declarative statements occur with yes/no question intonation. "It is used when the speaker is establishing common ground with the ...
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Where should I put stress in these sentences?

I am studying intonation and stress in English, and would like advice on where to put stress on these sentences. "How do you do?" Does it sound like this? HOW do you DO? Where should I put stress on ...
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Ending a declarative statement with a question mark? [duplicate]

Recently, there was a debate as to when one can legitimately end a declarative statement with a question mark, like writing “I don’t know?” as an answer, and what that could possibly mean. The ...
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Intention of rising pitches

I have been wondering about the rising pitch used in almost every sentence, by especially young Americans. What is the purpose/intention of rising pitch except in questions? Is it friendly and ...
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