Communication Arts 3 - Assignment#1


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Communication Arts 3 - Assignment#1

  1. 1. COMMUNICATION ARTS 3<br />ASSIGNMENT #1<br />Name_____________________________ Date of Submission__________<br />Read and give an example for each word/phrase below. Write your answers on the blanks.<br />Voice Characteristics<br />Voice (or vocalization) is the sound uttered through the mouth of living creatures, especially of human beings in speaking, shouting, singing, etc. It is typically described in terms of: <br />Pitch—the relative tone of a persons voice: how high or low it is; how monotonousmIntensity—the force or volume of tone; how loud or soft it is<br />Quality—the character or distinctive attributes of a sound; its resonance<br />Vocal range is the span from the highest to the lowest note (pitch) a particular voice can produce. <br />The basic choral ranges are: <br />Soprano—C4 to C6C Alto— G3 to F5G <br />Tenor— D3 to A4D Bass— E2 to E4<br />Speaking Rate/ Rate of speaking is a persons talking speed; how fast or slow it is.h If you talk too fast, your partner may feel that you are in a hurry. If you talk too slowly, you may lose your partners attention.<br />A person can talk at 140-160 words per minute (wpm) and be clearly understood. It is the range that people comfortably hear words. Women speak faster on average than men. The speed of rapping is usually measured in syllables per second/minute.<br />Prosody is the rhythm—stress and intonation patterns of speech. It may reflect the emotional state of a speaker; whether an utterance is a statement, a question or a command; whether the speaker is being ironic, sarcastic or angry.<br />Rhythm—the variation of the length and accentuation of a series of sounds<br />Intonation is the variation of pitch when speaking— the rise and fall of the voice as it slides from one pitch to another in the formation of a syllable, word, or group of words. There are five tones in English: <br /><ul><li>The fall (falling intonation)— the pitch decreases with time.
  2. 2. The rise (rising intonation)— the pitch increases over time.
  3. 3. The fall-rise (dipping intonation)— the pitch falls and then rises.t
  4. 4. The rise-fall (peaking intonation)— the pitch rises and then falls.
  5. 5. Level — the pitch is flat.</li></ul>Falling intonation— certainty, finality<br /><ul><li>Statements and replies ______________________________________
  6. 6. Exclamation _______________________________________________
  7. 7. Orders, commands and warnings _____________________________
  8. 8. Wh-questions _____________________________________________</li></ul>Rising intonation—uncertainty, pausing <br /><ul><li>Before pauses or commas __________________________________
  9. 9. Hesitation ________________________________________________
  10. 10. Requests ________________________________________________
  11. 11. Ordinary questions ________________________________________</li></ul>Dipping intonation <br /><ul><li>Afterthoughts ______________________________________________
  12. 12. Tag questions ______________________________________________</li></ul>Peaking intonation <br /><ul><li>Two sense groups ___________________________________________</li></ul>Stress is the relative emphasis that may be given to certain syllables in a word or certain words in a sentence. <br />Accent is sometimes also used with this sense. <br />Emphasis is achieved by the use of inflection, volume, and pause.<br />Inflection—the modulation of the voice; the change/alteration in pitch or tone <br />Pause—the brief suspension of the voice, or hesitation, while speaking<br />Content Vs. Function Words<br />In a sentence, content words are stressed such as: <br />Nouns - ____________________________<br />Principal verbs - ____________________________<br />Adjectives - ______________________________<br />Adverbs - _______________________________<br />Demonstrative pronouns - ___________________________<br />Interrogative pronouns - _____________________________<br />Non-stressed words are considered function words such as: <br />Articles - _______________________________<br />Prepositions - _______________________________<br />Conjunctions - _______________________________<br />Helping verbs - _______________________________<br />Possessive adjectives - _______________________________<br />Relative pronouns - _______________________________<br />Personal pronouns - _______________________________<br />Timing is the rhythmic quality of speech, in particular how syllables are distributed across time. There are two types of language timing:<br /><ul><li> Syllable-timed language—every syllable takes up roughly the same amount of time when pronounced; ―machine-gun rhythm.
  13. 13. Stress-timed language—syllables may last different amounts of time when spoken; ―Morse-code rhythm</li></ul>“As with any other language, English language is dynamic, it is not only about being able to pronounce words properly: it is about making sense, and expressing the right ideas. This can be achieved by using both the right stress and intonation as you speak.”<br /><ul><li>Prepared by:
  14. 14. Mrs. Rhina R. Odom