The nuclear contour H*L H% has a pre-nuclear version in which the boundary H% no longer functions as a boundary tone, but occurs just before the next pitch accent. Compare the pronunciation of the following example
in which "In Amerika" and "doen ze dat anders" are two IPs, with a pronunciation in which only single IP occurs:
The medial %L has disappeared, but these two contours are really equivalent, except for the absence of the medial IP-boundary in the second example, which causes H% to be timed like the L of H*L: it moves to the right, causing a gradual rise. The L now occurs immediately after H*.
The distance between the accents is larger in the following example, showing the gradual rise quite clearly.
When the first accent is pronounced with H*L, we get a gradual fall, as usual. Notice that the intonation pattern is quite different.
Here is another example of an early pronunciation of the L in a pre-nuclear H*LH.
EXERCISE 1D (H*L, downstep, boundary tones)
EXERCISE 1E (Falling contours)
Proceed with section 2