Often, there are more than two H*L's in an IP, in which case each H* will be lower than the one before. In this contour, the pitch is low before each downstepped !H*, due to L.
A downstepped H* is symbolised !H*.
Here is an example with three H*L's: the second is downstepped relative to the first, and the third relative to the second.
In the following example, the same contour occurs with only two H*L's, the second of which is downstepped.
Compare with the same utterance in which the same syllables are accented, but without downstep:
In sentences with more than two H*L pitch accents, it may happen that only the pre-nuclear H*L's are downstepped: the last H*L goes all the way back up. Here is an example. (This speaker articulates his words very precisely and makes brief pauses between his words.)
Also, only the last H*L's of a series are downstepped, as in the following example.
Although downstepped contours typically end fully low, they may also be ended by % and H%. Here is an example of H*L !H*L H%.
Proceed with section 1.7