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A language, as Mandarin or Somali, in which pitch or the pitch contour distinguishes the meanings of words that are otherwise the same phonologically.
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(Linguistics) a language, such as Chinese or certain African languages, in which differences in tone may make differences in meaning
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a language, as Chinese or Yoruba, in which words that are otherwise phonologically identical are distinguished by having different pitches or pitch contour.
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|Noun||1.||tone 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
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