It Might Just Be a Tone of Voice!

Hello, Tutors!

For those of you who have taken ESOL tutor training with me, you will remember how much time I spend talking about inter-cultural communication. You will also remember, during the phonology portion of training, the discussion of supra-segmentals—including intonation. Here is an interesting story from National Public Radio given in remembrance of UC Berkley linguist John Gumperz. The story is about how Dr. Gumperz was called to help explain a clash of cultures that began simply with a “tone of voice.”

http://www.npr.org/2013/04/03/176166674/linguist-did-pioneering-work-on-discourse-across-cultural-boundaries

Please share your thoughts! lder

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