Unit 33. It's BLUE, DARK Blue.
Prominent Words in Speech Units (1)
|Some speech units have more than one prominent word in them. Each
prominent word is emphasised because it carries important information.
The last prominent word in a speech unit is where the main falling or
rising tone in the speech unit starts (see also Unit 39):
A: How much further is the station?
B: // ONLy about a MILE ↓//
A: Why did you buy such an old car?
B: // THAT'S all I can afFORD at the moment ↓↑//
|Here is part of a conversation with speech units and prominent words marked. Listen and notice these in the recording:
A: // It's NICK'S BIRTHday coming up// ISn't it// WHAT are you doing for THAT//
B: // well I'd LIKE// to have a PARty// outSIDE// but we DON'T have a very big GARden// so that LIMits// HOW many people I can inVITE//
A: // MY garden's pretty big// WHY don't you use THAT//
B: // Are you SURE// that would be alRIGHT// that would be GREAT//
A: // NO problem at ALL//
|These extracts are divided into speech units (see Unit 32),
each containing one prominent word. Listen to the extracts as many
times as you need and underline the prominent word in each speech unit.
|Listen to these extracts as many times as you need. Mark all the speech
unit boundaries using // and underline the prominent word in each
speech unit. (Each speech unit has only one prominent word.)
|Some of the speech units in these extracts have one prominent word
and others have two. First, underline the words that you think are
likely to be prominent.
|Now listen and check your predictions.
There are many ways of saying these extracts, so if your predictions are different from those on the recording this doesn't necessarily mean they are wrong.
||Unit 32 Unit 33 Unit 34||