Year LMD Teacher:
3.1.2. THE LOW-FALL
The Low-Fall tone can be
expected as “
. This tone differs from the high-fallin probability and
on the part of the speaker. The impression of
lack of concern,
is shown by the speaker in conversation.A: Do you like Shakespeare? B: Yes (low-fall). Speaker B seems uninterested.
3.1.3. the rise-fall
The Rise-Fall tone adds
to what would be communicated by the High-Fall tonespeaker. It usually denotes strong
I like it. 2.
really wonderful. 3. He studied at Cambridge!
3.2. The Attitudinal Function of Rising Tones:
This time, we will tackle the attitudinal function of the rising tones in English:
3.2.1. the high-rise
The High-Rise tone is the opposite of the High-Fall: it is
non-final, not conclusive
In a statement: when the message is uncommon or contradicts what was said before.
! (it’s incredible!)
Not an engineer as you
To ask for a repetition of what was said before, because the hearer
hasn’t heard properly or he can’t believe what he has heard. Expressing
1. Can I have some beef soup? The waiter answers: What? (Restaurant is vegetarian)2. A: Where are you spending your holiday? B:Probably in Bra zil. A:Where did you say?
Yes-no questions, this sort of questions do not begin with a question word like (how, why)
1. Are you ready?
2. Won’t you com
e a long with us?
3.2.2. the low-rise
The Low-Rise tone can be a
call for attention
signal that the speaker is listening andexpects the conversation to go on.
Low-rise tone could be taken as
showing of interest
.1.A: Ex cuse me. (wishin
g to attract B’s attention)
(B’s interested and reply go on)
2. A: Do you know John Smith? B: Yes (B replies with low-rise tone to invite Ato continue with what he intends to say about John Smith after establishing that B knows him)3. A: You start from the K
. (B’s inviting A to continue giving the directions)
left at the first roundabout…
B: Yes (encouraging A to continue the conversation)A: a
l find the office on the third floor.