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This textbook is an accessible introduction to discourse intonation for ESL/EFL instructors, whether practicing or in pre-service graduate programs. Because intonation is used to form impressions about a speaker’s attitude, it is crucial that instructors understand the details of the underlying linguistic system so that they can help students avoid the more common intonation-related pitfalls they experience when communicating in an academic setting.
This textbook relies heavily on the Brazil model; chapters are organized around different parts of that model and how they can be most effectively taught.  Readers will learn the conventions underlying, for example, how we group words in prosodic units, how we understand turn-taking cues in conversation, and how we assess whether someone is feeling angry or sad.
This text features Check Your Learning sections, discussion questions, and hands-on activities at the end of every chapter. Chapters 3-9 also include a section on pedagogical implications. Some of the example sentences that illustrate intonation have accompanying short audio (MP3) files, which can be found online at www.press.umich.edu/elt/compsite/DI.


"Beautifully clear, easy to understand, excellent decision-making about how much to include, and how much to leave to others to explain. A Fantastic publication."
— Richard Cauldwell

- Richard Cauldwell

"...simple but poignant examples, along with explanations of the main systems of intonation, concise summaries of relevant research, and teaching tips, make Discourse Intonation an inspiring and long overdue addition to books on pronunciation." 
Journal of Second Language Pronunciation

"Pickering’s book presents a thorough approach to discourse intonation, a complex yet critical and often overlooked area of ESL/EFL teaching."
Journal of Second Language Pronunciation

- Heather Boldt, Emory University, and Margareta Larsson, Georgia State University