Can you help me describe social emotional tone?

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Can you help me describe social emotional tone?

Unread postby Meme » 03 Dec 2006, 09:21


How are you all? I hope you are fine.
My teacher asks me to write two questions for teenager students and describe social emotional tone of interview that might influence the student's responses, :oops: but I don't know how I describe the tone?
Could you help me to understand and get the answer..

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Can you help me describe social emotional tone?

Unread postby Lucy » 06 Dec 2006, 16:00

Dear Meme,

I suggest you ask your teacher to clarify exactly what (s)he means by this question. I’m not entirely sure what (s)he is asking for. I will describe below two possible interpretations of the question BUT they might be different to what your teacher wants.

By tone, your teacher could be referring to tone of voice. So, a harsh, authoritative tone would elicit a different reaction from a gentle, encouraging tone of voice. If this is what is required, you could describe the above and suggest how teens would react to encouraging and authoritative tones of voice.

Alternatively, tone could refer to sociolinguistic or psycholinguistic aspects of language. For example, compare these two questions:

Your last sentence is wrong, what is the correct form? and
There’s something not quite right in your last sentence. Could you try to correct it? Could anybody try to correct it?

Please ask your teacher what exactly is needed and write in again with his/her explanation. I will be happy to give you more ideas for this assignment.


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