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While trying to figure out the polite imperative form of 呼ぶ I figured the correct conjugation to be 呼んで下さい。I found instead that, colloquially, the imperative is 呼び出して下さい。 Am I correct in assuming that this is to distinguish between, 読んで and 呼んで in everyday speech?

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    I saw the title and thought you were asking about those kango compounds. As in your case, 呼んで is よんで{LHH} and 読んで is よんで{HLL} so there's no chance we could mix them up. – broccoli forest Sep 12 '15 at 4:12
  • Not to familiar with japanese enunciation just yet. I assume that the first case emphasizes よ while the second emphasizes んで? As for the OP, then 呼んで下さい is correct? – Chris Sep 12 '15 at 4:16
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    See this post about notation. Japanese has pitch accent that high or low is meaningful. 呼んで itself doesn't have accent core, so さ should be the accent peak in 呼んで下さい. – broccoli forest Sep 12 '15 at 4:36
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No. As 読んで and 呼んで have different accents in both standard Japanese and Kansai dialect.

呼ぶ and 呼び出す are...

  • 呼ぶ: call someone.
  • 呼び出す: call someone and ask him to come somewhere.

They are similar, sometimes same.

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If my understanding about your question, which is, you are thinking Japanese are --differentiating-- the intonation on purpose in order to distinguish the meaning of the 2 verbs, 読む, 呼ぶ, I think my answer would be "Please remember so...".

There are 2 ways of pronouncing Kanjis, which are 音読み(Onyomi) and 訓読み(Kunyomi).

Now, 訓読み is the Japanese way of reading --original way of Chinese ( meaning, the "real" Chinese do not pronounce such ).

The 2 verbs, 読む(Yomu), 呼ぶ(Yobu) has both 訓読み respectively.

And we do not ordinarily "write" or "say" 呼む.

Both 読んで and 呼んで is the continuative mode, 連用形,of 読む,呼ぶ,accompanied with the euphonic change.

「読み-て」 ヨミテ ( Yomite ) → ヨンデ ( Yonde )「読んで」

「呼び-て」 ヨビテ ( Yobite ) → ヨンデ ( Yonde )「呼んで」

So, the "basic form" of the each verb is different. 読む(Yomu), 呼ぶ(Yobu), respectively.

Thus, if I am asked if Japanese is trying to differentiate the pronunciation, I would like to answer "because the "basic form" is different...".

For your further information, here is the Japanese "accent" of ( especially ) Japanese verbs, nouns, ..

If you click よ button,then you can find how to pronounce the 2 verbs. ( I am afraid I can not copy and past the up and down red lines but you can certainly find there. )

Have a good day.

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