Voice and Diction

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  • The sound made through the mouth when talking or singing and how we express this utterance. There are two types of diction: (1) denotation, which is the literal meaning of a word, and (2) connotation, which refers to the feelings associated with a word. Diction also has an impact on the word choice of the speaker and syntax. Diction comprises utterance, inflection, verb, noun, connective, syllable, phoneme, and conjunction. Proper use of the voice and diction is crucial for effective communication. In another sense, the term refers to a value judgment, as when describing a singer or speaker as having a “good voice.”

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