ERIC Number: ED149625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Apprentissage des Valeurs Communicatives de l'Intonation Anglaise (Learning the Communicative Functions of English Intonation). Melanges Pedagogiques, 1977.
Heddesheimer, C.; Roussel, F.
This paper discusses an ongoing experiment in teaching the communicative values of intonation to second-year students in an English department at a French university. The communication needs of the learners are described in terms of academic activities (e.g., formal discussion) and social contact. A basic three-term structure -- opening, continuation, closing -- is established at different levels of discourse (interaction, transaction, exchange), and the communicative values of intonation, paralinguistic phenomena and kinesics are illustrated. Eight parameters are considered essential on the basis of their meaning potential and following an analysis of the students' performance before the course. They are, in order of decreasing importance: rhythm, tonicity, tonality, tone, key, loudness, tempo and articulation rate. They all contribute to the organization of discourse and the definition of interpersonal relationships. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: College Language Programs, Communicative Competence (Languages), Discourse Analysis, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Intonation, Language Instruction, Paralinguistics, Phonology, Second Language Learning, Speech Communication, Stress (Phonology), Student Needs, Suprasegmentals
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nancy Univ., (France). Centre de Recherches et d'Applications Pedagogiques en Langues.
Note: In French