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Intonation

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Intonation is a meaningful aspect of speech. This aspect of speech refers to patterns of changes in the frequency of vocal fold vibrations. It is these patterns of changes that convey meaning through syntax. Syntax pertains to sentence formation. On another level, intonation refers to pitch, loudness, and the overall rhythm of speech. Pitch contours accompany syntactical units such as phrases and sentences. Linguists refer to intonation as one of several suprasegmental features of speech. Along with tone, ...

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