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I saw your question accidently on the website. I'm Chinese and I think there is a term '调值' matches the meaning with 'tone contour' in English. Here is the meaning of Chinese '调值': 调值 [ diào zhí ] 声调的高低升降的实际读音。一般用五度标记法表示,用1、2、3、4、5依次表示从最低到最高的相对高度。如普通话的阴平是高平调,调值是55,阳平是高升调,调值是35,上声是降升调,调值是214,去声是高降调,调值是51。 It means the pitch of the tone. They use 1-5 to ...

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