“I hope, however, it will be a long time before any other
supersedes the MUSICAL Yoruban tongue”  REV. R. H. STONE.
‘Yoruba is a tonal language. The same combination of vowels and
consonants has different meanings depending on the pitch of the
vowels. For example, the same word -ARO can mean ‘cymbal’, ‘indigo
dye’, ‘lamentation’ and ‘granary’ depending on intonation’. -Junior
World mark Encyclopaedia of World Cultures. In linguistics there is
a phenomenon called a “language isolate”. This is when a group of
people speak a language which is totally unrelated to the language
or languages spoken by the peoples surrounding them.