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Tone, Music, and Singing
(2,590 words)

1. Musicality of Tone

Linguistic tone is typically manifested as pitch, itself a musical quality. Consequently, linguistic tone and music are likely to be correlated either in the musicality of the linguistic tone itself or in how linguistic tones and musical tune may be mutually constrained when singing.

Linguistic tone refers not to the modulation of pitch over an utterance, but rather to pitch features that are le…

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Lian-Hee WEE, “Tone, Music, and Singing”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 06 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000424>
First published online: 2015

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