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Evidence | Speech in Action

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Evidence No. 1: ‘It’s safer, but not completely safe.’

Murray Walker, the famous British motor racing commentator, once said in a radio interview: ‘When I consider Formula One racing now with what it was twenty years ago, it’s safer, but not completely safe.’ Click on the loudspeaker to hear all of the words he said, or click on a line to hear it on its own. (The voice is not Murray Walker’s, it’s Richard Cauldwell’s).

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Richard Cauldwell has a lot of interesting material on this website, including a new iPad app called Cool Speech.  This page has audio examples of discourse intonation (following Brazil) to help teachers and advanced learners understand intonation patterns and particularly the role of context.

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John Wells's phonetic blog: what's important in intonation for EFL?

John Wells's phonetic blog: what's important in intonation for EFL? | TELT | Scoop.it
Wells quotes Francis Nolan on priorities for learners:

…I will suggest that what learners need is a strategy which will optimise the pedagogical cost-benefit ratio in terms of (in order of priority) intelligibility, the avoidance of inadvertent offence, and (lowest in priority) the mastery of intonational nuances. Broadly corresponding to these three goals would be three prioritised learning targets: the mastery of accentuation (involving stress placement, rhythm, and pitch prominence achieved by a reduced inventory of pitch accents); the eradication of any L1-influenced phonetic realisations of pitch accents which might convey unintended meaning in English; and (lowest in priority) the acquisition of a more complete set of intonational pitch contrasts.
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Celik - Teaching English Intonation to EFL/ESL Students (TESL/TEFL)

2001 article in the Internet TESOL Journal by Mehmet Celik on English intonation, with succinct explanation of key phenomena plus bibliography.

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Étude expérimentale de la perception de la modalité à travers l’intonation en anglais

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En anglais comme en français, on peut formuler une question sans changer la syntaxe d’un énoncé, simplement en lui associant une intonation interrogative.

 

Jean-Marie Merle et Peter Prince, « Étude expérimentale de la perception de la modalité à travers l’intonation en anglais », TIPA. Travaux interdisciplinaires sur la parole et le langage [En ligne], 28 | 2012, mis en ligne le 29 octobre 2012, consulté le 06 janvier 2013. URL : http://tipa.revues.org/202

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Cette étude empirique de la perception d'intonation compare les réactions à des énoncés interrogatifs et déclaratifs de natifs anglophones et de non-natifs (francophones) de niveaux d'anglais différents.  Trente énoncés ont été enregistrés en versions interrogative et déclarative (You're alright Kimberley? versus You're alright Kimberley) par une femme et un homme, puis trois groupes de 24 étudiants ont écouté les 120 énoncés en ordre aléatoire utilisant un casque et des poussoirs réponse.  Les variables dépendantes sont le temps de réponse et le nombre d'erreurs.  

 

On trouve un effet de niveau : les plus avancés distinguent énoncés déclaratifs et interrogatifs plus rapidement et avec moins d'erreurs (anglophones > étudiants avancés > étudiants moins avancés).  Il y a aussi un effet de langue maternelle : les francophones sont plus lents à reconnaître les interrogatifs, à l'inverse des anglophones.  Les auteurs voient chez les francophones un effet de transfert du schéma intonatif interrogatif français (utilisé couramment comme seul indice pour distinguer la modalité interrogative en français) et attribuent la compétence plus fine des anglophones au statut marqué de ce schéma en anglais.

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"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens

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Loudlit.org has a collection of audio books, many retrieved from Project Gutenberg with audio via Librivox.org.

 

Here you can read along to the audio of Dicken's Great Expectations.

 

Unless you're a big fan of classic fiction, this is going to seem like hard work for language learning, but it's a good resource for general language input for upper intermediate and advanced learners (listen regularly for a short period).  You can also work on a short section using the shadow reading technique, where you keep the volume quite low and try to read aloud with the reader; this helps fluency and intonation.  Otherwise you can just listen and note words which are not pronounced as you expected, and look for patterns there.

 

Loudlit also has children's literature and poetry sections.

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Wonderful for that long flight, or that commute in traffic

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Improve spoken English through shadow reading | Englishonthe.net

Improve spoken English through shadow reading | Englishonthe.net | TELT | Scoop.it

"How to mimic natural English pronunciation and intonation through accent training and pronunciation practice using the shadow reading technique."

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