Definition of Tonal language
1. Noun. A language in which different tones distinguish different meanings.
Generic synonyms: Natural Language, Tongue
Specialized synonyms: Contour Language, Register Language
Terms within: Tonal System, Tone System
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tonal Language
Literary usage of Tonal language
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1. The Hmong, 1987-1995: A Selected & Annotated Bibliography edited by Christina J. Smith (1996)
""The Effect of Speaking the tonal language Hmong on Kindergarten Children's ... Results indicate higher pitch accuracy among tonal language speakers. ..."
2. The Maecenas and the Madrigalist: Patrons, Patronage, and the Origins of the by Anthony M. Cummings (2004)
"... to produce a tonal language that combined a harmonic variety inherited from the practice of counterpoint (Crocker's various "modes of musical ..."
3. Calcutta Review by University of Calcutta (1844)
"The reason is that Sikkimese is a complicated tonal language which is not easily mastered by the ordinary Nepali peasant, but the Lepchas and the ..."
4. Siam: Or, The Heart of Farther India by Mary Lovina Cort (1886)
"It is a tonal language, and for that reason harder to acquire than one whose words must simply be remembered in order to be used. ..."
5. The Shans by Wilbur Willis Cochrane (1915)
"What he says is only another way of saying that Shan, like Chinese and Karen, is a tonal language. It may be well, in passing, to add that all of ..."
6. Shans at Home by Wilbur Willis Cochrane (1910)
"Shan in all its branches is a tonal language, like its sister language 1 The position of Shan with reference to the cognate languages may be concisely ..."