Singleton L*

Pre-nuclear accented syllable can be low, after which the pitch continues low to a following (nuclear) accented syllable with low pitch. In spite of the low salience of the pitch, the impression of accent can be unmistakable.

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In the next example, a singleton L* can be heard on "kijken", and some may hear one on "in" as well. Notice that the contour would not be much different if we left the L*'s out and considered "kijken" and "in" unaccented.

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In other cases, the low pitched stretch may sound as if there are no accents. Not surprisingly, you may be in doubt if a L* is really there. In the following example, we think there is no L* on "Marietje", but you may think there is. In such cases, just make decision, and go on to the next item.

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EXERCISE 5C
(rising contours)


Proceed with section 6