The Prosodic Patterns of English Conversation

To really communicate effectively, you need to use the right intonation and prosodic patterns. This page provides teacher resources on some key of the key prosodic patterns of English. Full descriptions will appear in the book Prosodic Patterns in English Conversation.

#1: The Minor-Third Pattern

#2: The Narrow-Pitch Pattern

#3 Delayed Pitch Peak

#4 Turn-Taking

#5 Backchanneling

Other Resources on Dialog Patterns

by Nigel Ward