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For ううん to express negation, Weblio gives the pitch accent as 【2】, i.e.

ううん 【LHL】

However, (to me) this doesn't sound like how people actually pronounce the word. I've always thought that it sounded like this:

ううん 【HLH】
(Listen here)

... but I know that is not a proper pitch accent pattern for Japanese. So I'd be interested to hear what a native speaker feels the correct pitch accent pattern for this word is.

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    ci.nii.ac.jp/… – snailboat Apr 10 '18 at 10:32
  • @snailboat Wow, great article you linked! Thanks. If I have time I will translate some of the key findings and credit you with the answer. – kandyman Apr 10 '18 at 11:57
  • By the way, the Miyako-shi dialect in Iwate has high-low-high pitch patterns generally. (It's true that these patterns aren't normal in Tokyo jp as well as most other dialects.) The úùń case is to me highly reminiscent of the "contradictory pitch contour" in English intonation, where a fall-rise pattern in utterances like "no" or 'quite" give them a particular meaning related to contradiction. – melboiko Apr 16 '18 at 9:48
  • Do 'no' and 'quite' have fall-rise patterns? – kandyman Oct 6 '18 at 15:20
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In my experiences I have heard ううんHLL. Hope this helps!

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    are you sure you're not confusing it with うん [HL] – kandyman May 7 '18 at 15:18

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