tonic, tonal (adj)
employing variations in pitch to distinguish meanings of otherwise similar words
"Chinese is a tonal language"
having tonality; i.e. tones and chords organized in relation to one tone such as a keynote or tonic
of or relating to tones or tonality
employing tones that have a predictable relationship to some tonic
employing differences in pitch to distinguish differences in the meaning of otherwise similar words
Tonal is a concept within the study of Mesoamerican religion, myth, folklore and anthropology. It refers to the belief found in many indigenous Mesoamerican cultures that a person upon being born acquires a close spiritual link to an animal, a link that lasts throughout the lives of both creatures. It is in this way similar to the concept of Totem.