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This template renders a pitch contour in the numerical tone notation of Yuen Ren Chao as an IPA tone letter.


The template takes one positional parameter: {{Chinese tone letter|contour}}, where the pitch contour is specified as a string of up to three numbers in the range 1 to 5 (lowest to highest). This is the convention for Chinese and other Asian languages; pitch numbers follow different conventions for African and meso-American languages.

For example, the four tones of Standard Chinese may be rendered as:

  1. {{Chinese tone letter|55}} → ˥
  2. {{Chinese tone letter|35}} → ˧˥
  3. {{Chinese tone letter|214}} → ˨˩˦
  4. {{Chinese tone letter|51}} → ˥˩