intonation: the pitch contour of a whole phrase, independent of the individual words that make it up. Generally, intonation patterns have meanings that are associated with the phrase as a whole. For instance, a rising intonation marks the sentence ""He went?"" as a question in English, while a falling intonation marks ""He went."" as a statement. Intonation should be distinguished from tone; both involve pitches which carry meaning, but tones are part of a system in which all (or most) words or morphemes are associated with specific pitch patterns, whereas intonations are pitch patterns that are extended across entire phrases. All languages have intonation; not all are tonal. [Spanish: entonación]