Non-tonal Language: English (AUDIO) University of Miami Your browser does not support the audio element. Caption This is a phrase in English, an example of a non-tonal language. University of Miami linguist Caleb Everett has published research showing that climate affects whether a language develops to be tonal or non-tonal. Credit University of Miami Communications Usage Restrictions Use with release and credit. License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.