Definition of toneme in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtōnēm/


A phoneme distinguished from another only by its tone.
Example sentences
  • The pinyin is so far the optimal system in representing the phonemes and tonemes of Chinese.
  • With Chinese languages, the phonemes and tonemes can be counted in many different ways, and the number of finals that can be distinguished is often difficult to determine.
  • Languages that make use of tonemes are called tonal languages.



Pronunciation: /tōˈnēmik/
Example sentences
  • This new research indicates that there may be some sort of tonemic opposition in Haloze.
  • Because of neutralizing forces of Korean tones mentioned above, the kind of tonemic patters are extremely restricted.


1920s: from tone, on the pattern of phoneme.

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Syllabification: ton·eme

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