how to pronounce intonation


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the above transcription of intonation is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

intonation is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of intonation in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… there's no intonation there's no emotion …”

meanings of intonation


  1. The act of sounding the tones of the musical scale.
  2. A thundering; thunder.
  3. The rise and fall of the voice in speaking.
  4. Reciting in a musical prolonged tone; intonating or singing of the opening phrase of a plain-chant, psalm, or canticle by a single voice, as of a priest.
  5. Singing or playing in good tune or otherwise.

intonation frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word intonation occurs in english on average 0.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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