intonation(redirected from intonate)
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The quality of speech derived from the modulation of intensity, frequency, and juncture that provides emphasis and additional meaning.
During speech, a pattern of change in voice used to convey linguistic information such as syllabic accent stress or pitch variations to signal interrogation, declaration, or exclamation; used to convey emotion by patterns of change in pitch, loudness, and speech rate.
[L. intonare, to thunder or to make a loud noise]