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tonetics

[toh-net-iks] /toʊˈnɛt ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the phonetic study of tone in language.
Origin of tonetics
1920-1925
First recorded in 1920-25; tone + (phon)etics
Related forms
tonetic, adjective
tonetically, adverb
tonetician
[toh-ni-tish-uh n] /ˌtoʊ nɪˈtɪʃ ən/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tonetic

tonetic

/təʊˈnɛtɪk/
adjective
1.
(of a language) distinguishing words semantically by distinction of tone as well as by other sounds See tone language
Derived Forms
tonetically, adverb
Word Origin
C20: from tone + -etic, as in phonetic
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