0259 – Intonation Illustrations

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2021.09.16 – 0259 – Intonation Illustrations

Intonation illustrations

Intonation is the ‘punctuation of the spoken word’ used to signpost meaning when we’re talking.


Of course, in the written word there are various devices that can be used instead:


“When did you get here?” Susan snapped, sarcastically.

“SHUT UP!” he replied.


To help the reader, the author and printer have worked together to tell the reader what’s going on:

· Italicisation – draws attention to the key word in a sentence. By putting “you” in italics, we know that that is the most important word in the sentence and that Susan is not so much interested in the time of arrival (despite the actual words used), but is implying that her displeasure at the other person’s presence at all.

· “Snapped” – tells us the speed at which the sentence was said.

· “Sarcastically” – tells us the tone in which it was said.

· Capitalisation (“SHUT UP!”) – tells us the volume at which it was said.


Of course, speech came before the written word so these are just various devices that authors and printers have back-engineered to give readers additional information.


But for actors in a play or those voicing up an audio-book, some of this extra information can be left un-said. By using intonation, they simply incorporate the ‘stage directions’ (“snapped sarcastically”) in their read.


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