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Re: Intonation patterns

From:Boudewijn Rempt <bsarempt@...>
Date:Sunday, July 25, 1999, 19:31
On Sun, 25 Jul 1999, Mia Soderquist wrote:

> I was wondering whether other people plan their intonation patterns, or > discover them when they start speaking the language aloud. I've pretty > much discovered intonation when I start reading/speaking aloud. >
I've never thought much about intonation patterns (just as I hadn't given a thought to phonology) when I started Denden. However, when I started making recordings, and listening to them, which I've been doing since about 1990, I've noticed that the language began to get an intonation pattern of itself. It was quite nice to see the changes in intonation (and pronounciation) since my earliest 'teach yourself Denden' course. I don't think I could pick an intonation pattern and stick to it, I couldn't even get it right in natural languages I learnt, like Nepali, except by imitation. I still couldn't do a description of the intonation of Denden based on my recording, although a few interesting facts, like the special pronounciation of 'brother' and 'sister' in street gangs, I mentioned here a while ago.
> > Now that I am getting more comfortable with Yufora (much more > comfortable than I was when I made that first awful recording that is > still on the web page), I find that questions have a drop at the end. It > is almost a downhill sentence all the way. :) >
Yes, I noticed a slight hesitation in that recording - when are you going to put up the new recording, and let us listen to the question-marking downdrift? I wonder how unique that feature is - I haven't heard of it before (but that's not saying much ;-). Boudewijn Rempt |