# Theoretical phonetics. Study guide for second year students. Борискина О.О - 46 стр.

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Dialogue
A: So you're back from your trip?
B: Yes, I got back two days ago.
A: Nice of you to call. I hadn't expected to hear from you so soon.
B: Oh well, I thought I'd just call and see how you were doing.
A: Fine, just fine.
Analyse and make an individual recording of the following Diagnostic
Passages for evaluation. While you are recording, forget about pronunciation
and concentrate on the meaning of what you are saying.
A: DIAGNOSTIC PASSAGE FOR ANALYZING INTONATION
1. Have you ever visited New York or Washington? 2. They are certainly
interesting cities, aren't they? 3. Did you go there by plane or some other way?
4. In Washington you can see the White House, the Capitol, and the Supreme
Court Building. 5. You don't like Washington better than New York, do you? 6.
I must say, John, that New York is livelier. 7. Which one is livelier? 8. New
York, because of its nightclubs and sporting events. 9. Did you pick out your
hotel there, or did a travel agent do it? 10. Do you expect to fly East on your
next vacation? 11. No, my friend, the West is the place for me.
B: DIAGNOSTIC PASSAGE FOR ANALYZING INTONATION
(1) When a student from another country comes to study in the United States, he
has to find out for himself the answers to many questions, and he has many
problems to think about. (2) Where should he live? (3) Would it be better if he
looked for a private room off campus or if he stayed in a dormitory? (4) Should
he spend all of his time just studying? (5) Shouldn't he try to take advantage of
the many social and cultural activities which are offered? (6) At first it is not
easy for him to be casual in dress, informal in manner, and confident in speech.
(7) Little by little he learns what kind of clothing is usually worn here to be
casually dressed for classes. (8) He also learns to choose the language and
customs that are appropriate for informal situations. (9) Finally he begins to feel
sure of himself. (10) But let me tell you, my friend, this long-awaited feeling
doesn't develop suddenly, does it. (11) All of this takes will power.
Task 20. Compare Ref. [Celce-M., 1996, SRM, pp. 54-68; Cоколова,2003, pp.
192-199], to form your opinion on the following questions:
1. What are some of the major contrasts between suprasegmental features of the
Russian and the English languages?
2. What features should / might / must be ignored / be given extra focus /
deserve particular attention in ELT / ELL?
3. How do you distinguish between the intonation of isolated sentences and the
intonation of segments in extended discourse?
4. Is punctuation a reliable guide to intonation?
5. Would reading done by a faster speaker be different from that of a slower
speaker? How?
6. What can you say about the communicative value of intonation in English?
7. How do you understand ‘fluency’?
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Dialogue
A: So you're back from your trip?
B: Yes, I got back two days ago.
A: Nice of you to call. I hadn't expected to hear from you so soon.
B: Oh well, I thought I'd just call and see how you were doing.
A: Fine, just fine.
• Analyse and make an individual recording of the following Diagnostic
Passages for evaluation. While you are recording, forget about pronunciation
and concentrate on the meaning of what you are saying.
A: DIAGNOSTIC PASSAGE FOR ANALYZING INTONATION
1. Have you ever visited New York or Washington? 2. They are certainly
interesting cities, aren't they? 3. Did you go there by plane or some other way?
4. In Washington you can see the White House, the Capitol, and the Supreme
Court Building. 5. You don't like Washington better than New York, do you? 6.
I must say, John, that New York is livelier. 7. Which one is livelier? 8. New
York, because of its nightclubs and sporting events. 9. Did you pick out your
hotel there, or did a travel agent do it? 10. Do you expect to fly East on your
next vacation? 11. No, my friend, the West is the place for me.
B: DIAGNOSTIC PASSAGE FOR ANALYZING INTONATION
(1) When a student from another country comes to study in the United States, he
has to find out for himself the answers to many questions, and he has many
problems to think about. (2) Where should he live? (3) Would it be better if he
looked for a private room off campus or if he stayed in a dormitory? (4) Should
he spend all of his time just studying? (5) Shouldn't he try to take advantage of
the many social and cultural activities which are offered? (6) At first it is not
easy for him to be casual in dress, informal in manner, and confident in speech.
(7) Little by little he learns what kind of clothing is usually worn here to be
casually dressed for classes. (8) He also learns to choose the language and
customs that are appropriate for informal situations. (9) Finally he begins to feel
sure of himself. (10) But let me tell you, my friend, this long-awaited feeling
doesn't develop suddenly, does it. (11) All of this takes will power.

Task 20. Compare Ref. [Celce-M., 1996, SRM, pp. 54-68; Cоколова,2003, pp.
192-199], to form your opinion on the following questions:
1. What are some of the major contrasts between suprasegmental features of the
Russian and the English languages?
2. What features should / might / must be ignored / be given extra focus /
deserve particular attention in ELT / ELL?
3. How do you distinguish between the intonation of isolated sentences and the
intonation of segments in extended discourse?
4. Is punctuation a reliable guide to intonation?
5. Would reading done by a faster speaker be different from that of a slower
speaker? How?
6. What can you say about the communicative value of intonation in English?
7. How do you understand fluency?