Meaning: 1. the patterns of rhythm and sound in poetry and language, especially spoken. 2. The systematic study of metrical structure in linguistics, poetry, and music.
Synonyms: inflection, versification, metrics, poetic rhythm.
Prosody is characterized at the phonetic level by vocal pitch, loudness, and rhythm. Analyzing prosody in speech can help uncover the speaker’s emotional state, attitude, and speech community.
For more information on prosody and its related systems of study, go to Macquerie University’s Introduction to Prosody.