Unlike, Pashto or Urdu, Torwali is a Tonal Language. This means that pitch plays a significant role in distinguishing lexical meaning within the language. In some cases, pitch is the only acoustic element that distinguishes one word from another.
Based on the research of Lunsford using PRAAT and Speech Analyzer, Torwali has four contrastive tone patterns: High (H), Low (L), Rising (LH) and Falling (HL).
Written Example of Tone:
The word [ʐatʰ] has four different meanings only distinguishable by their various tones.
[ʐatʰ] produced with the Falling Tone (HL) means Morning.
[ʐatʰ] produced with the Rising Tone (LH) means Night.
[ʐatʰ] produced with the High Tone means Blood (singular) - as in one drop.
[ʐatʰ] produced with the Low Tone means Blood (plural) - as in a pool of blood.