Definition of tone language in English:

tone language

Syllabification: tone lan·guage

noun

Linguistics
  • A language in which variations in pitch distinguish different words.
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    • The Tlingit language is a tone language that has 24 sounds not found in English.
    • What we needed, then, were real examples of spontaneously written text in a tone language that, like Efik, has no written literary tradition of its own.
    • Krio is non-rhotic, syllable-timed, and a tone language.

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Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkələrəˈto͝orə
noun
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody