toneme

toneme

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

Origin:
1920–25; tone + -eme

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toneme (ˈtəʊniːm)
 
n
linguistics a phoneme that is distinguished from another phoneme only by its tone
 
[C20: from tone + -eme]
 
to'nemic
 
adj

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