Prosodic Patterns in English Conversation

by Nigel G. Ward, Cambridge University Press, 2019

Resources on Prosody for Scientific and Engineering Purposes

In 2019 Francisco Torreira and I taught the Introduction to Prosody course at the LSA Linguistics Institute. Course Materials

Resources for Teaching the Prosody of English as a Second Language

Learners of English often need help with prosody. Whereas existing resources mostly target lexical and syntactic aspects, communicative effectiveness requires mastery of the prosodic patterns for pragmatic and interactional functions. Below are lesson plans and handouts for some essential prosodic patterns, listed under the corresponding chapters of the book.

Chapter 2: Expressing Contrast with Bookended Narrow Pitch Regions

Chapter 3: The Minor-Third Pattern

Chapter 6: Late Pitch Peak and its Functions

Chapter 7: Expressing Positive Assessment

Chapter 11: Turn-Taking Constructions

Other Resources on Dialog Patterns and Prosody