I am trying to learn about pitch accent, and I have heard that there are rules for suffixes regarding pitch accent. Are there any resources where I could learn about those rules ?

I am not yet able able to really understand all in Japanese sources, which may be why I have been unlucky with finding out more about it.

I know about ojad, weblio and u-biq which can be useful for looking up individual words of even counters in the case of the last one ; however I have yet to come across a place where I can learn about rules and suffixes. I'd be grateful if anyone could tell me how or where I can learn them !

by suffixes I mean things like 方、屋、的 or even counters such as 日、つ、or 個.

ps : if you have any other useful resource for pitch accent than the ones I have cited, even unrelated to suffixes, please feel free to share them as well !

  • I tried to write an answer that could cover pretty much anything you might consider a "suffix", but a more precise question using examples would be appreciated in the future! – Darius Jahandarie Aug 10 '20 at 16:57
  • @DariusJahandarie Noted ! Thank you for the feedback. In this instance, I was searching for the days in a month. I find entries in dictionnary up until 十日, but then as the pronunciations are mostly not irregular anymore I guess that's why there is no separate entry ? – joy Aug 10 '20 at 17:54
  • @DariusJahandarie Anyway in that case I was wondering about ~日, which, now that you point it out, I'm not sure 'suffix' was the best technical term for. But as this is not the first time I have this kind of questionning I ended up asking a question that was probably too vague. Thank you for taking the time to answer and comment ! – joy Aug 10 '20 at 18:01
  • Those are counters! Added a note in my answer for them. – Darius Jahandarie Aug 10 '20 at 18:09
  • YouTuber/Educator Dogen has a good series on Japanese phonetics which does include pitch-accent for suffixes. Not free but it's good content: patreon.com/posts/japanese-index-16489306 – kandyman Aug 11 '20 at 9:15

The NHK Accent Dictionary contains a section on compound words, which has entries such as 〜体、〜生、〜力 etc. that explains the pattern they use for connecting to the previous word. It also has a very detailed appendix of how compound words work in general.

It doesn't have any compound entries for things like 〜ぽい or 〜さ, but there are many full entries like 荒っぽい、安っぽい etc. that you can use to determine the pattern yourself.

If you are asking about 助動詞 like たら、たい、し etc, then the appendix covers that.

As for counters, there is a separate section of the dictionary for them, which for each counter, covers all accents from 1 to 100, as well as 1000 and 10000.

The NHK Accent Dictionary is available in print and on iOS via the MONOKAKIDO Dictionaries app.

  • Is the NHK exclusively all in Japanese ? Also, do you know if there anyway to get it on windows (or even android) ? – joy Aug 10 '20 at 18:03
  • Yes, it’s all Japanese. Not aware of any other electronic versions. – Darius Jahandarie Aug 10 '20 at 18:11

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