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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A language, as Mandarin or Somali, in which pitch or the pitch contour distinguishes the meanings of words that are otherwise the same phonologically.

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  • n. a language in which different tones distinguish different meanings

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