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That is the essence of how effective, haptic-integrated or embodied change in pronunciation in general, should happen as well. The concept, a sound or word or expression, is well linked to its "felt sense" (what it feels like in the body to say or produce it) and a pedagogical movement pattern that haptically (with movement and touch) not only helps coordinate or link the brain and body, but also, itself, in some way embodies the fundamental character or essence of the target.
For example, the rising pitch of a yes/no question would be accompanied by
- not just by an ascending gesture
- but one that is positioned in the visual field by movement and touch
- such that the height corresponds to relative pitch of the utterance.
- would have been previously somatically grounded (so that the physical sensations involved are brought strongly to awareness
- and can be described in terms of location and intensity)
- and practiced, focusing on its textural quality, e.g., roughness, softness, smoothness, stickiness.
Not to "raise the bar" too high when it comes to integrated pronunciation teaching, but this is one time when being a bit outside the current, generally "disembodied" approach to what we do is actually something of a "no-brainer!"