|A phonemes that represents sounds. Can be Pinyin or Zhuyin. |
|Notation of pitch contour. |
A transcription is a sequence of phonemes that represents sounds. Unlike Pinyin that stores various format, transcription store only the internal format, such as PINYIN_ACCENT_INTERNAL. This makes conversion to/from other Pinyin or Zhuyin easier.
A tone notates the pitch contour. Valid values for Mandarin are 1-5, where 0 if tone is not given.