Teaching the Prosodic Configuration of Lectures: Thematic Structure, Intonation, and L1 Interference

Cantarutti, Marina (2015). Teaching the Prosodic Configuration of Lectures: Thematic Structure, Intonation, and L1 Interference. In: Proceedings of the Phonetics Teaching and Learning Conference (Przedlacka, Joanna; Ashby, Michael and Maidment, John eds.), Phonetics Teaching and Learning Conference, London, pp. 23–28.

URL: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/pals/proceedings-2015


The lecture is the chosen speech genre in the academic world for the distribution of knowledge. Among other defining characteristics, lectures are organised along a particular thematic structure that signals to the audience how the information status and its progression is to be interpreted; and the instructions that this structuring provides are either accompanied or disambiguated through prosodic choices in the systems of tonality, tonicity and tone.

This paper reviews some basic research on the prosodic configuration of lectures in General British and Riverplate Spanish, and reports a pilot experience in training Spanish-speaking teacher trainees in the production of typical prosodic patterns in the lecture genre, with a special focus on thematic structure, and with a secondary aim of reducing patterns of interference from L1 through the training of metaphonological awareness and self-regulatory skills.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 69604
  • Item Type
  • Conference or Workshop Item
  • ISBN
  • 0-9926394-1-7, 978-0-9926394-1-9
  • Keywords
  • prosody; interference; metaphonological awareness; SFL; Discourse Intonation
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
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  • © 2015 The Author
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  • Marina Cantarutti