Children’s Intonation: A Framework for Practice and Research

Bill Wells, Joy Stackhouse

Children’s Intonation: A Framework for Practice and Research is a practical guide that focuses on the nature, causes and assessment of intonation problems for children and adolescents. Highlighting the importance of intonation for everyday conversational interaction and the implications of this for teaching and therapy contexts, this book addresses the following questions:

  • How and when do children learn to use intonation for the purposes of interaction? 
  • As children get older, does intonation become more important or less important for communication?
  • How might intonation be used to support or compensate for other aspects of language?
  • What are the implications for practitioners, parents and caregivers when interacting with young children?


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