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From: "John Cowan"

> Contour tones, such as are used in Sinitic languages, are represented by
> strings of tone digits or symbols; the symbols can be "ligatured" to
> show the shape of the tone (see below).  For example, the standard
Mandarin
> tones are approximately (in the usual order, and ignoring tone sandhi):
> 55, 52, 214, 15.

Surely you meant 55, 15, 214, 52.

Kou