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toneme

[ toh-neem ]
/ ˈtoʊ nim /
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noun
a phoneme consisting of a contrastive feature of tone in a tone language: Swedish has two tonemes.
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Origin of toneme

First recorded in 1920–25; tone + -eme
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British Dictionary definitions for toneme

toneme
/ (ˈtəʊniːm) /

noun
linguistics a phoneme that is distinguished from another phoneme only by its tone

Derived forms of toneme

tonemic, adjective

Word Origin for toneme

C20: from tone + -eme
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