Follow up to Alessandro and Adir's Podcast on Pronunciation

Avatar do usuário maryziller 305 1 1
This video gives an comparison between a native English speaker and a foreign speaker. Is one easier to understand than the other? Watch the video then comment on why one was easier to understand than the other, if that was the case for you.

Intonation is defined as patterns of the pitch contours in spoken language.

It invovles the stress patterns of individual words, but also whole sentences.
Also important is tempo of speaking.

Here is some related vocabulary:
English had a Stress timed rythm.
Spanish has a Syllable timed rythm.
What kind of rythm does Portuguese have?

Alessandro mentioned that Portuguese has a different rythm than English and gave examples.
"Boys kiss girls, the boys kiss girls, the boys kiss the girls, the boys have kissed the girls, the boys will have kissed the girls."

This link has the pronunciation of the above examples:

More vocabulary about phonology:
prosodic features of language
prosody -
lilting -
singsong -
rapid-fire -

segmental features of language
segmental -
isolable -
vowels -
semi-vowels -
schwa -
consonants - [url]
"Accents are loose bundles of prosodic and segmental features distrubuted over geographic and/or social space."

from: Lippi-Green, Rosina. English with an Accent: Language, Ideology, and Dscrimination in the United States. 1st. London, New York: Routledge, 1997. 42.
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Avatar do usuário Alessandro 3290 3 11 77
Thank you Mary. Great post!
Avatar do usuário Flavia.lm 3925 1 9 88
VERY interesting, Mary.

It was very easy (at least for me) to identify who was the Spanish and the American.
It was very easy as well to identify that I would be much more likely to speak the same way as the Spanish girl did :(
For me, is more easy to understand the foreig English speaker, because native English speaker talks very fast.
Avatar do usuário Renato Baroli 1470 5 30
Infinitamente mais fácil entender a nativa, pelo menos para mim. Deve ser pelo meu ouvido acostumado com os filmes e séries. Mas assim como a Flávia, eu leria o texto parecido com a garota espanhola.