tone language


Definition of tone language

: a language (such as Chinese or Zulu) in which variations in tone distinguish words or phrases of different meaning that otherwise would sound alike

First Known Use of tone language

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tone language was circa 1909

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tone language


English Language Learners Definition of tone language

: a language (such as Chinese) in which changes in the tone of words indicate different meanings

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