2016年12月1日 星期四

Wenglish, lilt., intonation

Adopting a new accent isn’t entirely, or even mostly, a conscious choice. It’s a natural impulse.

That suspicious new London lilt may not be as put-on as it seems.
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It might be the way I say “yur” rather than “year”, or how I told my family, when they phoned me on the train to Cardiff, that “I'll be there, now, in a minute”.
The dialect I speak is Wenglish—a hybrid of Welsh and English. It is especially prevalent in South Wales, but how to define it?
Well, it has a lilt, with a rise in intonation at the end of a sentence that can sometimes be as screechy as a train putting on its brakes. Vowels are pronounced generously, as though there is a valley to bridge when the voice moves from the consonants before and after them.

lilt
noun [S]
a gentle and pleasant rising and falling sound in a person's voice:
He's got that lovely Irish lilt in his voice.

lilting 
adjective
A lilting voice or tune gently rises and falls in a way that is pleasant to listen to.
━━ v., n. 軽快な歌[曲](を歌う[演奏する]); 軽やかな動き; 快活に話す.
lilt・ing ━━ a.

in・to・na・tion



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━━ n. 【楽】(賛美歌・経文を)吟唱すること, 詠唱; 【音声】イントネーション, 抑揚.
in・to・na・tion・al ━━ a.

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