amusic : not having or based in a particular key: atonalnontonal music
blinguistics : not using pitch to express differences of meaning between wordsnontonal languages
Examples of nontonal in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebThis articulation of speech within a whistle only works for nontonal languages, where the pitch of speech sounds isn’t crucial to the meaning of the word.
Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Aug. 2021 Overall, only one in 30 complex tonal languages flourished in dry areas; one in three nontonal languages cropped up in those same regions.
Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2015
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