Intonation: Theory, Models, and Applications

Athens, Greece
September 18-20, 1997


Teaching Intonation to Brazilian Learners of English

Marcello Marcelino, Paulina D. A. Rocca

Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo, Department of Linguistics, Sao Paulo, Brasil

Intonation poses a lot of challenges to teachers of foreign languages, with questions ranging from the appropriate theoretical model to the best approach in dealing with a particular language group. The objective of our research is to tackle the questions placed within the continuum mentioned above by analyzing students' repetitions of intonation patterns. A group of eight intermediate-to-advanced students were the subjects. They were asked to repeat utterances from a recording. The stimulus was contrasted with the learner's repetition by means of spectrographic analysis. Pitch patterns were compared and duration of pitch accented syllables measured. The results of the research, such as the lengthening of syllables replacing pitch contrasts in the utterances are discussed on the efficacy of techniques for teaching English Intonational patterns to Brazilian learners of English.

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Bibliographic reference.  Marcelino, Marcello / Rocca, Paulina D. A. (1997): "Teaching intonation to brazilian learners of English", In INT-1997, 223-226.