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1The rise and fall of the voice in speaking.‘she spoke English with a German intonation’
inflection, pitch, tone, timbre, cadence, cadency, lilt, rise and fall, modulation, speech patternView synonyms
- ‘It was at those times that I felt most privileged to be on the inside, leaning on every syllable and intonation of his voice.’
- ‘Yeah, it's not a question, but rising intonation makes it one.’
- ‘The training must include intense and particular attention to pronunciation, intonation and enunciation.’
- ‘Through focusing on the speed, intonation, and dynamics of utterance, each story can be much richer in meaning.’
- ‘On the other hand, they were superb ‘readers’ of voices, intonation, inflection, fear, evasion, demand.’
- ‘The system transfers the most pissed to an operator, by analyzing variables such as voice intonation and speech patterns.’
- ‘But the quandary remains: if inflection and intonation are a natural part of speaking, what are we to do with them when sacred texts are read?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The accent and intonation were near perfect, and there was no sign of affected or artificial delivery.’
- ‘The voice is a little colourless in its lower register, compensated by a bright tone in the middle of his voice, and meticulous intonation.’
- ‘Yet in James's African-American community, rising intonation conveys the desire for encouragement.’
- ‘Obvious differences do persist, particularly in accent and intonation, but the idea of the thick-accented, barely intelligible Paddy is anachronistic.’
- ‘Participants are judged based on the timing of the speech, voice intonation and gestures.’
- ‘However, the cues for this frame are subtle features in intonation and voice quality, which may be particularly difficult for candidates from non-English speaking backgrounds to pick up on.’
- ‘It was in her voice, her intonation, the places she paused.’
- ‘Your delivery, intonation, diction and fluency are all wrong, and you remind me of someone who hangs about on street corners, opening your jacket and trying to sell people things.’
- ‘Chinese is a tonal language: words are differentiated not just by sounds but by whether the intonation is rising or falling.’
- ‘You should speak it well, complete with the right pronunciation and intonation.’
- ‘His intonation and faux-elitist accent made the dialogue much more amusing.’
- ‘He plays multiple characters, simultaneously, in bizarre sketches without using dialogue and relies only on body language and voice intonation.’
- 1.1 The action of intoning or reciting in a singing voice.
2Accuracy of pitch in playing or singing, or on a stringed instrument such as a guitar.‘poor woodwind intonation at the opening’
- ‘Yet Western listeners are not noticeable disturbed by the pitch intonation of professional performers.’
- ‘She's got a good kid voice - true intonation, natural phrasing.’
- ‘This album is very natural sounding, with 12 pure singers who have remarkable accuracy of intonation, performing traditional arrangements.’
- ‘Characteristic is his perfect intonation and breath management as well as excellent phrasing and imaginative use of ornaments when he confronts difficult trills head-on.’
- ‘Her virtues - precise intonation, fabulous musicianship, particularly in the Ariettes - nevertheless come through.’
- ‘The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is best in the strings; wind intonation can be iffy, but the playing has personality throughout.’
- ‘Such features as pitch or intonation, rhythm and tone are the first elements to be distinguishable.’
- ‘It has to have a certain sophistication and different levels and perspectives of quality - sound, balancing of voices, ensemble, intonation, and the same excitement as the live performance.’
- ‘The unaccompanied choir responds to the sincerity of the music with impeccable ensemble and intonation.’
- ‘The pitch, intonation, and speed of his voice are all over the map and make every bit of dialogue and catchphrase either hilarious or an assault on your eardrums.’
- ‘The Arcadians are one of Oxford's best chamber choirs, capable of tackling this monumentally difficult piece supported by impressive intonation, articulation and stylistic awareness.’
- ‘It also provides a fine-tuning parameter for more accurate intonation of a sample at a particular pitch level.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Largo is done broadly and is less nostalgic than tragic; some suspect intonation from the wind choir reduces the music's power somewhat.’
- ‘Don't start with the Second or Third Concertos, which are marred by sour intonation from the French musicians.’
- ‘The ‘Salve regina’ for soprano and organ is a gorgeous little thing that could melt hearts in any church service (notwithstanding the iffy intonation from the soloist here).’
- ‘The horn keeps everybody honest in their intonation.’
- ‘She encompassed the bold leaps and wide range of the vocal part splendidly - always singing with strongly focused tone and perfect intonation.’
- ‘His bass solo is characteristically creative and displays wonderful intonation and tone.’
- ‘Her voice is annoyingly reedy, with a fast vibrato and intonation slightly under pitch.’
3The opening phrase of a plainsong melody.
Early 17th century (in intonation (sense 3)): from medieval Latin intonatio(n-), from intonare (see intone).
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