tonal language

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Noun1.tonal language - a language in which different tones distinguish different meaningstonal language - a language in which different tones distinguish different meanings
natural language, tongue - a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
contour language - a tone language that uses pitch changes
register language - a tone language that uses different voice registers
tonal system, tone system - the system of tones used in a particular language or dialect of a tone language
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His later works, succeeding his move from Manila to Zambales with Plet in 2002, acquired a lighter tonal language.
Michaud has succeeded in creating a great variety of colours and a clear, intense and very lyrical tonal language, even from the percussion.
Deutsch surmises that learning perfect pitch is, for fluent speakers of a tonal language, akin to learning a second tone language.
In the third movement of "Apparebit Repentina Dies'' Hindemith uses the popular Baroque form, passacaglia, and he sets the fourth movement in the style of a Bach chorale, though in a more modern tonal language.
Phonologically, French is a tonal language which makes use of accent marks to guide pronunciation and the meaning of words.
An intonational language has the tone group (often a word group) as its domain while a tonal language has the word as its domain.
They are written in Xhosa, a tonal language, rich in idioms, possessing consonants formed by making clicking sounds.
The composers chosen are largely conservative (Samuel Barber and Leonard Bernstein, for example), who wrote in traditional genres and in a clearly tonal language.
Yet it is tacitly acknowledged that the tonal language of, say, Corelli and the tonal language of Brahms have little in common.
As a result of this European training, the earliest Chinese art songs were an uneasy marriage of a tonal language of monosyllabic words with a musical structure most suitable for nontonal languages of multisyllabic words.
Many see the traditional tonal language as a relic of the past that will hold a youth back in schools or careers.