Friday, October 2, 2009

Rising Intonation in questions - Chicago is out?

We use intonation to show many feelings e.g. disgust, anger, disappointment, and most of all, SURPRISE. Notice the reporter's stupor at the fact that Chicago had just been eliminated from the Olympic 2016 city bid:



Language note: To show his emotions, the reporter uses a simple resource.

Got it? He inverts the word order in questions, i.e. he asks the question like a statement with the sequence:

SUBJECT + Verb + Predicate

In questions we switch the subject and the verb; but, this video, the question is more than just a question.

Such is his surprise that he is almost in a state of self-denial (Chicago is out?)and in total dismay at the IOC's choice to focus on another city: Tokyo is still in?

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