- 1The rise and fall of the voice in speaking: she spoke English with a German intonationMore example sentences
- Chinese is a tonal language: words are differentiated not just by sounds but by whether the intonation is rising or falling.
- Yeah, it's not a question, but rising intonation makes it one.
- Her intonation is rising throughout, partly due to the presence of so many questions and exclamations, but also because the lines follow on each other so rapidly.
- 2Accuracy of pitch in playing or singing, or on a stringed instrument such as a guitar: poor woodwind intonation at the openingMore example sentences
- Her voice is annoyingly reedy, with a fast vibrato and intonation slightly under pitch.
- Such features as pitch or intonation, rhythm and tone are the first elements to be distinguishable.
- Textural clarity requires rhythmic precision, knowing the important line at any point in the score, dead-on intonation, and the ability to sing lightly and incisively at the same time.
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- Prosody is ‘the rhythmic and intonational aspect of language’ and it can be a useful feature in language recognition and absolutely critical when the language is tonal like Chinese.
- Many African and Asian languages depend on an intonational system much richer than those with Indo-European roots; for that reason, it is notoriously difficult for a European to learn, say, a modern Chinese dialect.
- The president then switches to a few phrases ending with the intonational falls that are more normal in his speeches (audio clip).