Intonation (head, tonic syllable, etc.)

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croock

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Polish
Hallo,
I have some problems with the sentence:
Shall I make us a cup of tea?

(I've got audio, which certainly would be helpful, but my last topic was deleted because of not approved audio attachement. << Offer deleted and links not allowed without permission. >>

In my opinion stressed words are: make, cup, tea.
Prehead is flat and it is: shall I
Head is: make us a
Tonic syllable is: cup
Tail is: of tea

Whole sentence's intonation is rise.

Am i right?
 
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  • PaulQ

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    Whole sentence's intonation is rise. Am i right?
    As I say it to myself. The 'shall I' has an emphasis and somewhat high; make us is slightly falling; a cup of is flat; then the ' tea' is the rising tone that one hears with a question, the 'ee' sound being a little longer than usual.
     
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    PaulQ

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    I've edited my reply (see above) after saying it a few times.

    You are not able to attach files.
     

    croock

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    Thanks, for your reply :) but I'm still curious about this parts - prehead, head, tone syllable and tail - are they correct?
     

    PaulQ

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    This is approximately how I would say it:

    ____................. ......--?
    ...........-...-..-..---

    .Shall I ...make us a cup of.../. tea?

    (ignore the length of the dashes)


    Does that help?
     

    croock

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    Polish
    I think that without the audio you can't help me any more, because I hear rise intonation in the sentence I've got in my sample.
    Normally I'd say it like you and it would be some kind of fall-rise.
     

    xiaolijie

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    English (UK)
    I've looked at the graph of your clip: "Shall I" is quite soft, "make us" is the secondary peak and "tea" is the primary peak in pitch and loudness. You can easily see it for yourself if 've got some mp3 player that can display graphs of levels of loudness.

    Hope this helps.
     
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