Definition of tone group in English:

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tone group

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun

Phonetics
A group of words forming a distinctive unit in an utterance, containing a nucleus and optionally one or more other syllables before and after the nucleus.
Example sentences
  • The nucleus is often assumed to be the most prominent syllable in the tone group, but this is not always the case.
  • Functional pauses serve to divide discourse into tone groups and organize it into information units.
  • This means that tone groups vary in duration, depending upon the number of syllables they contain.

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