Oral Presentation Skills for Students and Teachers

Oral Presentation Skills for Students and Teachers

Intonation — 17 June, 2015

Intonation

Intonation can be defined as the rise and fall of the pitch of the voice over a group of words, usually called a ‘tone unit’. A tone unit is a group of words (but can be a single word) under one single intonation contour. Tone units are combined┬áto form paratones or ‘phonological paragraphs’. The phonological paragraph is similar┬áto the paragraph that we observe in written language. It is assumed that when a (expert) speaker delivers a monologue in the form of an oral presentation, they break their talk up into paragraphs and these paragraphs are demarcated chiefly by pausing, discourse markers and intonation.

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