Module: 8
Posted by: Lieni Immarie R. Monteron
Sources: 1. Functional Oral Communication by Perla C. Villamarzo, ET AL


 At the end of this module, the learners are expected to:
  • Explain what phrasing is;
  • Enumerate the purpose of the pauses;
  • Discuss the classifications and sound of juncture.

                   Another means to achieve the rhythm in your speech is breaking or dividing an utterance into breath units or thought groups. This is called phrasing.
                   Utterances may be broken into phrases or thought units. Each unit contains words that belong together because they are closely related and are set off from the rest by a pause. Words and syllables in such phrases are blended into one another. This blending usually takes place when a word that ends with a consonant or vowel is followed by one that begins with a vowel.

This may be done for three purposes:
  1. to catch one’s breath
  2. to make meaning clear, and
  3. to emphasized an idea
               Once learned, proper phrasing improves one’s rhythm of speech. Observe how words and syllables are blended into one another with in the following groups of words.
Has its own music cup of tea
And if an adult think it over
It is as if work it out
Not as well trial and error

              The following practice selection is marked with single and double diagonal lines to indicate pauses. The rhythm pause (/) is a short pause. The thought pause (//) is a longer pause making the end of a thought unit.

              Each language / has its own music / with characteristic cadence / rhythm / and inflection// and if an adult is to learn to speak a new language correctly / he must give full value too these peculiar qualities.// It is as if he were learning to play/ a musical instrument.//

Guide Questions:
              Put a diagonal line with in each sentence below. Single diagonal (/) when it indicates short pauses, double (//) when it indicates long pauses.
  1. When we communicate, we must focus on our message.
  2. Effective body language contributes to clarity and impasses in communication.
  3. An effective speech stimulates the mind, tickles the funny bone and touches the heart.


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