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Re: Pitch

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Thursday, September 19, 2002, 5:09
Pavel Adamek wrote:
> Are there LLHH, HHLL words? > > Are there long vowels? > > If the answers to both questions be "no", > the system could be described as > pitch accent fixed at the first mora.
In Standard Japanese (assuming we are talking about Japanese), the first two morae of a word can never be the same pitch. So, you can have, for example: HLLLL LHLLL LHHLL LHHHL LHHHH Long vowels are two morae. Also, the accent can only occur on the first mora of a syllable in cases of 2-mora syllables. The basic rules are: 1. Mark all morae high 2. Mark all morae after the accent low 3. If the second mora is high, make the first one low -- "There's no such thing as 'cool'. Everyone's just a big dork or nerd, you just have to find people who are dorky the same way you are." - overheard ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42