occasional observations on English pronunciation features, phonetics, teaching and learning
Well, well! So I nearly got it right!
@Pacheco: Your suggestion is a plausible variant, I should say.
The pitch traces contain good examples of why I've never invited my practical students to dwell on them: they suggest pitch patterns that are not what one hears, eg vocal cords revving up before falls. The final 'got' is very odd looking for what I perceive, if anything, as a narrow rise. The word 'is' tells the opposite story to what I hear and you've annotated to my satisfaction.
@JWL: I totally agree with you as regards the match between the (visual representation of the) acoustic domain and the auditory domain. Naturally, the voice has to go up in order to perform a fall on 'is' unless you are a trained singer and say sentences in a kind of singing manner.The fall in 'yes' is not one which goes down to the bottom line of the speaker's voice range; and, indeed, there's a teeny weeny rise on 'got'.
I also agree but, in any case, where can I get the implement which draws those beautiful stress and pitch traces? Thanks!
@Pacheco: See my posting of the 5th of July.