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That is, when someone asks a question in English, their pitch goes up at the end. When someone makes a statement in English, their pitch goes down. This is not universal: In German, only some questions are intoned like that. In Chinese, questions have a gently rising tone throughout, and sentences go gently down. Is there any evidence of the intonation patterns for Biblical (or Mishnaic or Talmudic) Hebrew?

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I've closed this as off-topic, as it's about the Hebrew language and not about (or arising from) Jewish life or Jewish study. Please see the answer meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/a/164 and its comments for a detailed explanation. –  msh210 May 14 '12 at 21:39
    
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Fascinating question, though! –  Dave May 14 '12 at 22:24
    
I think you should repost the question here: area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/36772/hebrew-language-usage. I doubt you'll get an answer any time in the near future, but there's always a chance and it would be much more on topic there. –  Ari A May 15 '12 at 2:31
    
Thanks, @Ari. I think I might have found something like an answer on page 191 of Semitic Languages: Outline of a Comparative Grammar, by Edward LipiƄski, © 2001 –  Charles Koppelman May 15 '12 at 21:18
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closed as off topic by msh210 May 14 '12 at 21:37

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