Oral Presentation Skills for Students and Teachers

Oral Presentation Skills for Students and Teachers

Intonation 2 – the tone unit — 28 July, 2015

Intonation 2 – the tone unit

In my previous post on intonation, I talked about the phonological paragraph and how intonation can be used to segment these in a presentation. This is an important device that an expert presenter will use to give their talk structure and coherence

In this post, I’d like to discuss in more detail about how intonation develops over a group of words, usually termed the tone unit. A tone unit is the minimal unit which can carry intonation. It can be one syllable long, but usually extends over a few syllables. (A tone unit can also be called an ‘intonation unit’ or ‘foot group’.)

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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 to form paratones or ‘phonological paragraphs’. The phonological paragraph is similar to 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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