One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Yesterday, I heard a fascinating talk on intonational meaning in Japanese.’
- ‘The president then switches to a few phrases ending with the intonational falls that are more normal in his speeches (audio clip).’
- ‘The teacher then modulated the intonational contour until it corresponded to the first syllables of the word paleontologist.’
- ‘Many African and Asian languages depend on an intonational system much richer than those with Indo-European roots; for that reason, it is notoriously difficult for a European to learn, say, a modern Chinese dialect.’
- ‘Prosody is ‘the rhythmic and intonational aspect of language’ and it can be a useful feature in language recognition and absolutely critical when the language is tonal like Chinese.’
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