Related Overviews


More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Psychology


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

The distinctive modulation of vocal pitch in speech, functioning like punctuation to signal grammatical structure, as for example in the utterance It's big, isn't it, in which a rising pitch would be used to indicate a question and a falling pitch an assertion, and used also to express attitudes or emotions such as sarcasm, puzzlement, or anger. intonology n. The study of intonation. [From Latin intonare to intone, from in in+tonus a tone+-ation indicating a process or condition]

Subjects: Arts and Humanities — Psychology.

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.