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02/11/2011

tone

Filed under: Logic — anlactunay @ 3:16 PM

tone

Tone is the way in which a writer or speaker communicates the attitude for or feelings of a character he is writing about or speaking about. It also refers to the pitch used in a language. There are many languages, like Mandarin, which utilize many different tones. In these languages the different tones of the same word changes the meaning. These are called tonal languages. Some tonal languages are Somali and Japanese. Somali has just one tone per word. Similarly, Japanese is also considered a tonal language because of the low and high pitches or tones.

In other modern languages, tones are used to emphasize a particular mood. If someone is angry, sad, in pain, or happy, the tone of the person used is different. The same sentence spoken can mean something else when one is in pain or one is happy.

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