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inflection

noun accent, accentuation, cadence, expression, intonation, modulation, pitch, stress, tone, voice change
Associated concepts: demeanor of a witness, polygraph test
See also: intonation, stress
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In the present study, the children with SLI used regular past-tense inflections with lower percentages than they did in spontaneous speech (see Oetting and Horohov 1997 for a similar finding for English).
Borrowing from Wallace Stevens, Fraser distinguishes "two ways poetry takes": a synthetic Poetry of Inflections that "depends on rhetoric rather than ratiocination," and an analytic Poetry of Innuendoes "working through figures and giving intellect priority" (vi).
Inflections can be viewed a method for economizing on vocabulary.
Dona's paintings prioritize the flesh: they do not replay a worn-out mind-body dualism, but generate thinking by way of corporeality, forcing you to pay attention to the most subtle infractions and inflections of your nervous and circulatory systems.
To those of us who once lived up north, public radio anywhere else is just not the same without Lurtsema's literate inflections.
Today these influences are heard in Pretti's impressive vocal delivery and the variety and rhythmic inflections on the songs that comprise his amazing Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and Italian language repertoires.
Kortvely is convinced, in the same traditional style, that the personal inflections of the Uralic verbal conjugation have mainly been adopted from personal pronouns (see pp.
He expertly handles the myriad of emotional situations and adds the perfect inflections to each word.
Even though recent Emmy winner Garrett has at least a foot on the Great One in height and a considerably longer face than Gleason's round, pudgy visage, he still manages to convince viewers he's the legendary comic in both looks and, just as importantly, in his vocal inflections and mannerisms.
The sides have been approximately equalized with a chain saw, leaving inflections on their surfaces.
Using techniques of digital manipulation, he alters the reality of captured images -- the Inflections -- without changing their composition in order to invite viewers to take a fresh look, and change the familiar way in which they consume photography.
Sterlin's rich contralto takes Holmes's voice to a higher and sometimes supercilious pitch than Mary Russell's and imbues all the characters with appropriate inflections and tones without troubling too much about getting accents exactly so.