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.
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tone language

n
(Linguistics) a language, such as Chinese or certain African languages, in which differences in tone may make differences in meaning
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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.
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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 ?
Deutsch surmises that learning perfect pitch is, for fluent speakers of a tonal language, akin to learning a second tone language.
This brain imaging finding is consistent with behavioural results [11], which show selective enhancement of pitch discrimination in speech context for native tone language speakers.
Close contact with such a language is certainly a contributing factor, and the dramatic influx of loanwords from Gawri to Kalkoti has clearly facilitated, and probably keeps "stream-lining", the development into a tone language of a very similar kind.
African tongues include Akan Twi, a tone language from Ghana, and Chichewa, from Malawi.
107], the latter with their "musical" tone language), this bringing together of different cultures for the purposes of establishing a universalism that is at the same time politically advantageous to France or Europe or the West, may seem somewhat crude and self-serving.