intonation pattern


: a unit of speech melody in a language or dialect that contributes to the total meaning of an utterance
one's intonation pattern in the utterance of dead may reveal one's emotional reaction to an announcement of death
one intonation pattern makes leave a command, another makes it a question

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“Intonation pattern.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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