What Are The Rules To Use And Remember When Using Inflection In Your Speech?

Public SpeakingMoving up and down the scales and slides, nuances of your voice-range and scope will show your train of thought.

It helps the audience track better what it is that you are trying to say and convey.

If you want to pause or place emphasis on something, you will naturally feel your voice raise or go slightly higher.

The inflection in your tone and modality of your voice goes up. Monotone presentation is boring and excruciating to listen to. By using these tones in your voice, you can easily show how things differ. They tell a story.

This gliding up and down your vocal scale can be used to show that something is of importance, stands out and even be very direct and strongly voiced, put or expressed. Soft, wavy tones can show empathy and beauty, grace and understanding.

Here are the rules you have to remember when using inflection in public speaking:

The rational and valid uses of the rising inflection:

Here are some examples as to when the voice inflection going up is quite effective:

  • When you are expressing any forms of doubt or possible contingency
  • Incomplete sentences
  • Negative phrases and statements
  • Building or creating suspense
  • Inquiry or interrogation where yes or no can be given as answers

Demonstrative emotive use of the rising inflection:

  • Raising and appeal with high or low pitch (depending on the situation)
  • Pleasure and amiable positive emotions, ,expressing tenderness or love often the voice modulates and gets a lots softer and wavier
  • When surprise, wonder and amazement , even terror are expressed
  • Prayer or supplication (solemn (subdued/low) to intense (raised/high)

Rational and valid use of the falling inflection:

  • When a thought is done and completed.
  • Lots of ideas and phrases, highly complex, keeping things separate and distinct
  • Questioning phrases, where there is no clear-cut yes/no answer

Demonstrative emotive use of the falling inflection:

  • Strong belief in what you are saying, use solemn affirmation or have strong conviction of the truth we speak
  • Negative emotions that are voiced as stern, harsh and vindictive anger or hatred
  • When we want to express gloom,  dejection, melancholy, or distress
  • Order, give commands, express reprehension,  or authority,

Rational and valid use of the circumflex inflection:

  • When highlighting or expressing antithesis
  • Emphatic suggestions and ambiguity (implied not necessarily stated) Affirm-down, Negative – rising

Demonstrative emotive use of the circumflex inflection:

  • When expressing irony in any way
  • Negative emotions like scorn, contempt, or reproach, that you want to emphasize
  • When a question is followed by words closely connected with it


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