intonation


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Synonyms for intonation

Synonyms for intonation

a particular vocal quality that indicates some emotion or feeling

Synonyms for intonation

singing by a soloist of the opening piece of plainsong

Related Words

the act of singing in a monotonous tone

the production of musical tones (by voice or instrument)

References in classic literature ?
I accepted the invitation with a worldly grin and a perfectly just intonation, because I really didn't care what I did.
She had spoken in French and she had used the expression "mes transes" but for all the rest, intonation, bearing, solemnity, she might have been referring to one of the Bourbons.
At first he heard the sound of indifferent voices, then Anna Mikhaylovna's voice alone in a long speech, then a cry, then silence, then both voices together with glad intonations, and then footsteps.
You shall, I trust, rest here with me a while, so that by our talking I may learn the English intonation.
Does not understand the English language, but judges by the intonation.
His discourse was addressed to myself; but his voice, although by no means loud, had that intonation which is commonly employed in speaking to some one at a great distance.
A second Frenchman differs, moreover, with the first, and is positive that the voice was that of an Italian; but, not being cognizant of that tongue, is, like the Spaniard, 'convinced by the intonation.
Having repeated them several times with various intonations, she sprang into the water, where she was suffered to drown.
Transcribed here the speech sounds harmless enough, particularly as uttered in the sweet, high, casual pipe with which, at all interlocutors, but above all at his eternal governess, he threw off intonations as if he were tossing roses.
She was in an agony of terror for Vronsky, but a still greater agony was the never-ceasing, as it seemed to her, stream of her husband's shrill voice with its familiar intonations.
These fifty-nine poets give intimate, informal readings of their work, allowing readers to focus on the intended sound and intonation behind the verse as they follow these carefully chosen poems in the text.
Investigating 12 languages from different language families and disparate regions of the African continent, linguists discuss the complete prosodic system of the language or languages, that is the tone and intonation and the interaction between the two.
He emphasized the need for learning the intonation as well as correct pronunciation to master the art of reading.
Meaningful words like "good boy" activate the left side of a dog's brain regardless of tone of voice; a region on the right side responds to intonation, scientists report in the Sept.
According to a new study making this suggestion, dogs can distinguish between words and the intonation of human speech by using brain regions similar to those used by humans.