tone language


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tone language

n.
A language, as Mandarin or Somali, in which pitch or the pitch contour distinguishes the meanings of words that are otherwise the same phonologically.

tone language

n
(Linguistics) a language, such as Chinese or certain African languages, in which differences in tone may make differences in meaning

tone′ lan`guage


n.
a language, as Chinese or Yoruba, in which words that are otherwise phonologically identical are distinguished by having different pitches or pitch contour.
[1905–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tone language - a language in which different tones distinguish different meaningstone 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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References in periodicals archive ?
In other words, Igbo is a tone language because it manipulates tone contrastively on lexical items.
Deutsch surmises that learning perfect pitch is, for fluent speakers of a tonal language, akin to learning a second tone language.
The present study endeavors to contribute to the body of research on the topic by investigating the role of the larger context in the perception of phonemic pitch in Yalalag Zapotec, a tone language.
As such, the configurations of pitch are used to create words or lexemes as in tone languages.