Prominence And Intonation In Discourse

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Intonation Quizzes & Trivia

Quiz on Chapter 6 of Teaching Pronunciation: A Course Book and Reference Guide.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is intonation?
    • A. 

      The melody or pitch pattern of a sentence.

    • B. 

      The beat or rhythm of a sentence.

    • C. 

      One of the segmental features of a language.

    • D. 

      The loudest syllable in a word that is emphasized more than the others.

  • 2. 
    The lines on the right represent intonation patterns. Which pattern is the most typical representation of each of these sentences?    Does this store sell books?
    • A. 

      Pattern A

    • B. 

      Pattern B

    • C. 

      Pattern C

    • D. 

      Pattern D

  • 3. 
        The store sells books, magazines, and newspapers.
    • A. 

      Pattern A

    • B. 

      Pattern B

    • C. 

      Pattern C

    • D. 

      Pattern C

  • 4. 
        What did you buy at the bookstore?
    • A. 

      Pattern A

    • B. 

      Pattern B

    • C. 

      Pattern C

    • D. 

      Pattern D

  • 5. 
        I bought a cookbook.
    • A. 

      Pattern A

    • B. 

      Pattern B

    • C. 

      Pattern C

    • D. 

      Pattern D

  • 6. 
        You bought a cookbook?
    • A. 

      Pattern "a"

    • B. 

      Pattern "b"

    • C. 

      Pattern "c"

    • D. 

      Pattern "d"

  • 7. 
        Was it an expensive cookbook or a cheap one?
    • A. 

      Pattern A

    • B. 

      Pattern B

    • C. 

      Pattern C

    • D. 

      Pattern D

  • 8. 
    Which of these statements is true?
    • A. 

      Languages like Korean and Japanese don’t have intonation. They just sound flat.

    • B. 

      All languages have intonation, but they don’t all have the same kind of intonation.

  • 9. 
    In English, which word in a sentence usually receives prominence (focus/sentence stress)? (You may choose more than one answer.)
    • A. 

      A word that is in contrast with another word.

    • B. 

      A word that tells new information, not old information.

    • C. 

      A word that the speaker wants to emphasize.

    • D. 

      The last content word in the sentence.

    • E. 

      It could be any of these.

  • 10. 
    Which of these statements are true of thought groups? (You may choose more than one answer.)
    • A. 

      A sentence must have more than one thought group.

    • B. 

      A thought group has its own intonation contour.

    • C. 

      A thought group is often also a grammatical unit, like a phrase or a clause.

    • D. 

      All speakers of a language break their speech up into thought groups in the same way.

    • E. 

      We pause before and after a thought group, but not in the middle of one.

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