Level tone

Many utterance-final pitch accents are variants of H*L. However, there also a number of non-falling final pitch accents.

One of these consists of a level tone. A level pitch accent is transcribed H*, followed by % if IP-final.

Physically, these level tones are not purely monotonous: the speaker may waver somewhat, but will avoid the impression of either a fall or a rise. Here is an example of a H* on a non-final syllable, followed by %.

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These level stretches after an accented syllable can be very short. In the following utterance, we have the H* % contour twice, once on a final syllable and once on a penultimate syllable. The utterance is closed by %L H* !H*L L%.

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Here are two more examples.

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This example illustrates the use of H* % to mark non-finality. Notice how the speaker continues with %H, an easy thing to do, as the pitch was high already.

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Another example.

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