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intonation patterns

intonation patterns is a plural form of intonation pattern

intonation pattern


intonations characteristic of questions, requests, and statements


communication noun (communicative processes and contents)


intonation patterns

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Princeton WordNet

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Collins Dictionary:

intonation pattern [linguistics] | intonation contour

a characteristic series of musical pitch levels that serves to distinguish between questions, statements, and other types of utterance in a language (22 of 187 words)


New World Dictionary:

intonation pattern [linguistics]

the sequence or arrangement of pitch levels occurring in an utterance (11 of 12 words)



Pitch contour

In linguistics, speech synthesis, and music, the pitch contour of a sound is a function or curve that tracks the perceived pitch of the sound over time. Pitch contour may include multiple sounds utilizing many pitches, and can relate to frequency... (41 of 618 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Pitch contour

Columbia Encyclopedia:


in music, shift in the key center of a composition. For its accomplishment use is made of the fact that each chord figures in the harmonic ... (26 of 116 words)


modulation | carrier wave | demodulation | phase modulation | pulse code modulation | pulse position modulation

in communications, process in which some characteristic of a wave (the carrier wave) is made to vary in accordance with an information-bearing signal ... (23 of 99 words)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

intonation [speech]

in phonetics, the melodic pattern of an utterance. Intonation is primarily a matter of variation in the pitch level of the voice, but in such ... (25 of 102 words)


Oxford Dictionary:

intonation | intonate [derived] | intonational [derived]

the rise and fall of the voice in speaking | the action of intoning or reciting in a singing voice. | accuracy of pitch in playing or singing, or on a ... (29 of 100 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)



intonation | intonational [adjective, related]

something that is intoned ; specifically, the opening tones of a Gregorian chant | the act of intoning and especially of chanting | the ability to ... (24 of 87 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)


Random House Dictionary:


the pattern or melody of pitch changes in connected speech, especially the ... | the act or manner of intonating. | the manner of producing musical ... (24 of 83 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

intonation | intonational [adjective, related]

The act of intoning or chanting. | An intoned utterance. | A manner of producing or uttering tones, especially with regard to accuracy of pitch. | ... (23 of 80 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:


the sound changes produced by the rise and fall of the voice when speaking, especially when this has an effect on the meaning of what is said | the ... (28 of 76 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)



intonation | intonations [plural] | thunder [synonym, sense-specific]

[linguistics] The rise and fall of the voice in speaking. | The act of sounding the tones of the musical scale. | Singing or playing in good tune or otherwise. | Reciting in a musical prolonged tone; intonating or singing of the opening phrase of a ... (43 of 66 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

intonation [countable/uncountable, linguistics] | intonations [plural]

the way in which your voice rises or falls when you speak (12 of 39 words, pronunciation)


Encarta Dictionary:

intonation contour | intonation contours [plural] | intonation pattern: intonation patterns [plural] | intonation patterns [plural] | intonation pattern

the pattern of rising and falling pitch in speech that helps to distinguish between questions, statements, and other types of speech (21 of 41 words)

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