The Accent Modification Manual helps readers use their cognitive and problem-solving abilities to examine the key elements of the intonation system of American English, how it is organized, and more importantly, how it works in communication. The strategies in this text provide the framework for the life-long process of modifying an accent. This text is an especially creative way of engaging learners in the process, and eliciting ownership of and a commitment to their own personalized improvement plan.
Table of Contents
Foreward..Preface..Lessons..Getting Ready to Speak American English..Understanding Accent Modification..Using Pitch in One- and Two-Syllable Words and Phrases..Using Pitch in Three-Syllable Words and Phrases..Using Pitch in Phrases and Sentences..Useful Phrases and Sentences..Asking for Information..Determining Where to Jump in Pitch.."The Fox and The Grapes": A Passage for Practice..Using Ligatures and Blends..Using Upward Intonation for Yes/No Questions..Using Special Emphasis Intonation..Rhythm: Using Time in Speaking..More on the American English Syllable..Intonation in Longer Sentences..Putting our Knowledge to Work: How to Tell A Story..Speaking in Formal Situations..Offering Choice..Asking Questions with Tags..Review of Standard Intonation and Its Variations..References..Appendixes..Index..