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- In contemporary standard Chinese (Mandarin), the tones are numbered from 1 to 4. They are descended from but not identical to the historical four tones of Middle Chinese, namely level (Chinese: 平; pinyin: píng), rising (Chinese: 上; pinyin: shǎng), departing (Chinese: 去; pinyin: qù), and entering (Chinese: 入; pinyin: rù), each split into dark (Chinese: 陰; pinyin: yīn) and light (Chinese: 陽; pinyin: yáng) registers, and the categories of high (Chinese: 高; pinyin: gāo) and low (Chinese: 低; pinyin: dī) syllables.
- Standard Vietnamese has six tones, known as ngang (or bằng), 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.
|Tone||Thai||Example||Phonemic||Phonetic||Example meaning in English|
|high||ตรี||น้า||/náː/||[naː˧˥] or [naː˥]||aunt/uncle (younger than one's mother)|
|rising||จัตวา||หนา||/nǎː/||[naː˩˩˦] or [naː˩˦]||thick|
 See also
- Frankfurter, Oscar. Elements of Siamese grammar with appendices. American Presbyterian mission press, 1900 (Full text available on Google Books)