Inflection of Voice

In general inflection of voice carries with it meaning:

  • Upward inflection of voice suggests doubt, uncertainty, low praise, or saying goodbye to someone knowing you’ll see them tomorrow.
    Example phrases with upward inflection: "Are you sure?", or an unenthusiastic "Yeh, you look fine!"
  • Falling inflection of voice suggests certainty, high enthusiastic priase, approval, or saying goodbye to a loved one who you won’t see for a very long time.
    Example phrases with falling inflection: "I’m sure." "That’s amazing!" or "You – look – hot!"

– Dale Carnegie


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