In tonal languages, tone names are the names given to the tones these languages use.
Pitch contours of the four Mandarin tones
- Standard Vietnamese has six tones, known as ngang, sắc, huyền, hỏi, ngã, and nặng tones.
- Thai has five phonemic tones: mid, low, falling, high and rising, sometimes referred to in older reference works as rectus, gravis, circumflexus, altus and demissus, respectively. The table shows an example of both the phonemic tones and their phonetic realization, in the IPA.
||Example meaning in English
||[naː˧˥] or [naː˥]
||maternal aunt or uncle younger than one's mother
||[naː˩˩˦] or [naː˩˦]