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the rise and fall of a person’s voice

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cadence - inflection

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The formal word ‘cadence’ refers to the rhythm of sound as it’s spoken. It was originally used to describe the falling tones at the end of a piece of music, but is now mostly applied to express the distinctive way in which a person’s voice rises and falls when speaking.

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  1. Cadence and rhythm are very important when delivering a speech as they can dictate whether or not the audience engage with what you are saying.

  2. The politician comes across as friendly and trustworthy due to the lyrical cadence of her Dublin accent, but it simply masks her ruthlessness.

  3. Peter is a very good impressionist. I was amazed at the ease with which he could imitate the cadence of my voice.

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