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08
MAR
2013

Tip of the day: Intonation and Rhythm

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Intonation and rhythm together help to focus attention on the information structure of a discourse and to indicate ‘what goes with what’ in an utterance. Within the context of a particular discourse, the intonation contours chosen by the speaker may indicate attitudes, mark syntactic boundaries, highlight the relationship between the utterances, and indicate the common ground assumed between speaker and hearer.