Objectives: Distinguish rising and falling intonation in sentences
- Intonation is the rise and fall of the voice in speech. The two kinds of intonation are falling intonation and rising intonation.
- A falling intonation is used at the end of (1) a statement, a command, or a request and (2) a question which cannot be answered by yes or no.
- A rising intonation is used (1) at the end of a yes/no question, (2) after a phrase within a sentence, and (3) in enumerating persons, places, objects and others.
Set Up: Read the dialogue with a classmate. Read one part while your classmate reads the other part. Answer the questions that follow. Take note of the rising and falling intonation at the end of each sentence.
Danny: Have you heart the news? Mark won the Spelling Quiz Bee Contest!
Pamela: No, I haven’t. What did he receive as a prize?
Danny: Mark got $500 in cash!
Pamela: Really? That’s wonderful!
Danny: Not only that. He will tour to Boracay for a week with his family.
Pamela: That’s great! I will tell Mark to bring me white sand for my aquarium.
Danny: As for me, seashells will do.
Pamela: Look Danny, Mark is coming!
1. Who won in the spelling Quiz Bee Contest?
2. What prizes did he received?
3. What are the things that Pamela and Danny would like Mark to bring them from Boracay?
Listen to your teacher as he/she reads the following sentences. Take note of the intonation in each sentence.
1. Rising Intonation:
a. At the end of a yes/no question
- Is your best friend coming?
- Are you ready for the school play?
- Did you do your homework?
b. After a phrase within a sentence
- Mr. Cruz teaches industrial arts in high school.
- Mrs. Tan, the new president, launched a livelihood project.
- There are many books about the Philippines in the school library.
c. In enumerating persons, places, objects, etc.
- The family went to Puerto Galera, Boracay, Bohol and Pagudpud.
- We ate durian, marang, mangoes and mangosteen.
- The teacher met the pupils, the parents, the guardians, and the school administrator.
2. Falling Intonation
a. A statement, command, or request
- The girls will serve as usherettes.
- Please lend me your book.
- My teacher is very patient.
b. A question which cannot be answered by yes or no.
- How can you make a chocolate cake?
- Who are going to the party?
- When will the boys play the band?
Read the following sentences. Write a downward arrow , if the sentence has a falling intonation and an upward, if it has a rising intonation.
- We all got high grades.
- May I see your assignment?
- The contestants qualified for the contest.
- Some people like to read books, play tennis, swim and watch movies.
- Did he recite the poem well?
- Who won in the contest?
- Are you coming with us?
- The Cebuanos make good guitars.
- There are many places to visit in Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
- Please seat beside each other.
Read the following sentences. If the sentence has a falling intonation, write F, if it has a rising intonation, write R.
- There are wonderful places in the Philippines.
- Have you met our new principal?
- Girls are interested in dances, but boys are interested in sports.
- Where did you leave your bag?
- Mrs. Legaspi bakes tarts, cakes, cookies and breads.
- What will you wear for the party?
- Please come to my party.
- My mother bought rice, viand, vegetables and fruits.
- Can you come with me?
- Together with his cousins, Krystal flew to Davao
Write five sentences having a rising intonation and five sentences having falling intonation.