Listening for Intonation Cues


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What is the intonation marker for a question in English?

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1. Does pitch or intonation in English change the meaning of individual words?


You and your friend are having a conversation in English. Your friend asks you:

Do you want a new sweater for your birthday?

You respond:

No, I want a new scarf for my birthday.

In your sentence, which word will have a change in intonation to show that it is the focus of the sentence?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Intonation is a key concept in linguistics, and this quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of its cues and effects on the English language.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on various aspects of intonation, including:

  • The intonation marker for a question
  • The effects of pitch and intonation
  • Examples of sentences in which intonation determines focus or tone

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Distinguishing differences - ensure that you can notice the differences that intonation causes within a sentence
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the effects of intonation and interpret them correctly within specific examples
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the intonation marker for a question

Additional Learning

To learn more about intonation, review the accompanying lesson called Listening for Intonation Cues. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define intonation
  • Understand the role of intonation in questions
  • Know the role of intonation in emphasis
  • Further understand the effects of intonation through provided examples