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How Fundamental is Modulation in Regards to Accent Neutralization

How Important is Intonation Regarding Accent Neutralization?

The answer to this inquiry is plain and basic: extremely, if not the most significant thing. See; English is a stressed language, not like others that are considered syllabic languages. It means that stress is what delivers most of the sense in spoken language, instead of syllables. There is a very practical way of grasping this. Find a phonetic transcript, this is, check a phonetic book, where you can find pages transcribed into the International Phonetic Alphabet. If you could get a tape with the spoken version of the text in study, even better. Even if you may be puzzled in the beginning, take each sentence at a time and try to study it. You will note that merely few syllables carry actual vowel sound, the others possess that vague sound named “Schwa”. Here is how it is most frequently characterized: /?/ Now, look again: it is very clear. Just the stressed syllables possess a diverse, characteristic sound; all the rest reduces to schwa. At present, it is essential to make a distinction between content words -stressed words that hold the actual sense of a phrase, typically nouns, adjectives, and verbs-, and function words. Function words are connectives, auxiliary verbs, prepositions, conjunctions, pronouns, habitually singlesyllabic words. These words, function words, never, and this must be understood clearly, never hold an additional vowel sound other than our friend, the schwa sound. Too drastic? Not really, simply try it. Now center your awareness on the consonants, and look again. Attempt to differentiate the various consonant sounds and variations. Is it the same /b/ when it is at the start of a phrase or stressed word, between voiced sounds, for example: between vowels, or at the end of phrase or stressed word? Now, a small game. Take one sentence of the text. Then read it orally, yet, as a replacement for using common vowels, use the schwa sound each time. If you can offer the correct model of modulation and accentuation, I can promise you, it will sound really close to natural American English. We must assume that excessive vowel separation is one of the most noticeable foreign marks you can encounter in spoken English. Yet an additional mini-game, check out these pair of phrases: a- I can do it. b- I can't do it. Very similar, correct? Just a letter and apostrophe of distinction. Nevertheless, their modulation is completely different. “I can do it” holds the key stress on “do”, where “I

can't do it” holds the key stress weight on “can't”. Truly clarifying, don't you think so? Examples similar to this develop in every day conversation. The sense is principally carried by modulation and not vowel separation. Try it. Though at first it may sound to you as a bit inflated, as soon as you pay strong thought to colloquial English -not oratorical English or poetry, like, only individuals speaking, you will see most sounds are really the schwa sound. Control this, and the access will be opened to allow you into a more advanced point in your domain of the English language. If you’re taking ESL classes, you should check out more great articles in our blog. If you enjoyed this article, please feel free to post it to your site or blog and forward this link to your friends. Have a great day!