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高低アクセント. Changes in pitch associated with a particular word. Does not include changes in pitch due to intonation.

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Pitch accent difference: 本当だ! and 本当だよ

I was under the impression that 本当 was 平板型: ほんとうだ{LHHHH}. And the exclamation 本当だ seems to follow this. But the addition of よ seems to change this, as I feel like I hear ほんとうだよ{LHHHLL}. Is that ...
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Is this 方言 or a different pitch pattern in 標準語: 出てくる, その他に

This is what I hear in this video: 日本神話に出てくる神様が一番多いです。その他に自然神だったりとか... I found でてくる{HLLH}, かみさまが{HLLHH}, and そのほかに{HLLHH} kind of strange, because I often hear でてくる{HLLL}, かみさまが{HLLLL}, そのほかに{HLLLL}....
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What are the accents for "頭高", "中高", "尾高", and "平板"?

The 4 pitch accent patterns are often spelled online as follows: 頭高 (atamadaka) 中高 (nakadaka) 尾高 (odaka) 平板 (heiban) However, when I actually look these words up in Japanese dictionaries (written ...
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好きな動物, 好きな学校, 好きな会社 pitch accent

It seems: 動物: どうぶつ{LHHH} 会社: かいしゃ{LHHH} 学校: がっこう{LHHH} Given that 好き is 尾高, すきな{LHL}, how are 好きな動物, 好きな学校, 好きな会社 pronounced? I think I hear すきなどうぶつ{LHLHLLL}, not sure if it's that or すきなどうぶつ{...
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みんな and おかね pitch accent in 関西弁

I think in 標準語 both words are 平板型: みんな{LHH}, おかね{LHH} I just heard みんな{HLL} and おかね{HLL} in a conversation among native speakers (younger generation, from various places), and wondered if they were ...
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おはよう pitch accent in 関西弁

I think in 標準語 it goes おはよう{LHHH}. I just heard someone from 大阪 say おはよう, but I wasn't sure it was おはよう{LHLL} or something else, but it sounded very different from 標準語. How is it pronounced in 関西弁?
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意思疎通 pitch accent

With 意思 being いし{HL} (頭高型) and 疎通 pronounced そつう{LHH}, I think I've only heard 意思疎通 pronounced いしそつう{HLLHH}, but since middle-low is not a pitch accent pattern, I'm starting to doubt my ears (which ...
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How prevalent is the heiban pronunciation of 見方?

It seems 見方 is another one of those words that have become heibanified, is that right? How acceptable or common is the heiban pronunciation (or as jogloran mentioned, 尾高型)? In this small pool of ...
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Is there a pattern for ず negatives?

I'm thinking of a particular word, 足らず, which I have audio of here, https://no.forvo.com/word/%E8%B6%B3%E3%82%89%E3%81%9A/#ja I'm thinking it's 足らず{HLL}. Is there a pattern to how the pitches of ず ...
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The pitch of はららか

I'm wondering what the pitch of the はららか in is: はららかに流す涙のように頬を撫でていった If I'm not dumb, the definition is: 静かに、はらはらと鳴る音を表わす (https://kotobank.jp/word/%E3%81%AF%E3%82%89%E3%82%89%E3%81%8B-2075765) ...
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How do you pronounce the name 直

In the given audio https://voca.ro/135zSkjYsgDP the girl is saying もう直ちゃん言い方 to 直ちゃん. It is about the 05:49 mark from 聲の形 if you watch it from the Bluray. If I understand correctly the ちゃん shouldnt ...
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前から pitch accent

I have always heard 前から:[まえから]{HLLL}, whether standalone or in such phrases like: 二十年前から, ずっと前から I recently noticed its 平板 pronunciation [まえから]{LHHH} also seems to occur in 標準語. Two examples I found ...
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What is the pitch accent of ワロタ?

What is the pitch accent for the Net slang term ワロタ? I've looked in the usual J-J dictionaries which have pitch accent info, but this doesn't seem to be a headword in any that I've seen. My guesses ...
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Pitch Accent - What am I looking for?

When attempting to distinguish different pitch accents, what exactly am I looking for? I currently practice with https://kotu.io/tests/pitchAccent/minimalPairs And I attempt to hear if the difference ...
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What is the correct pitch accent for めっちゃ?

Based on 大辞林, the correct pitch accent for the word めっちゃ should be [1], めっちゃ{hlll}. However, this doesn't really seem to be how people actually pronounce it (Example here). From the example, to me at ...
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Pitch accent of 止まらないんだ

I'm confused on the pitch accent for the phrase 止まらないんだ. I know that the pitch accent for 止まらない is 平板型 (とまらない{LHHHH}). From my own experience, I think that the accent for 止まらないんだ looks like this ...
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How do I read pitch accent notation (alternatively, why does my pitch notation in yomichan and OJAD disagree)?

I've installed this Anki plugin that adds pitch accent info. The author has helpfully provided some guidelines about the notation: Overline: Indicates "High" pitch Downfall arrow: usually ...
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Pitch Accent for Single-Mora Words

In words with more than one mora, there are three types of endings in the standard Tokyo dialect: ...H(H) ...H(L) ...L(L) where H/L mean High-Low pitch, and the parentheses apply to any attached ...
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Pitch Accent (下 vs 舌)

What is the difference in the pronunciation between下 and 舌 ? I have tried to do a research and found this website with the native speakers pronouncing these words: https://forvo.com/word/%E4%B8%8B/#ja ...
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How do you tell the difference between 決行 and 欠航?

So apparently 決行-けっこう (to carry out) and 欠航-けっこう (cancelled) are pronounced the same way? Or does one of them have a different pitch accent pattern? At least Google translate pronounced them the same. ...
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Distinguishing meaning of 「 庭」 and 「には」aurally

In the sentence, 「私の家の庭には小さな池があります」 the sound 「には」 appears twice in a row. When listening but without any writing to inform interpretation, how will I know whether to interpret the first 「には」 sound as ...
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How does adding 自体 to a noun affect the accent?

Examples phrases: 料理自体 みそ自体 アメリカ自体 鼻自体 男自体 食べたこと自体 My intuition is that the noun and 自体 are said as two separate words, both of their accents being preserved. (I guess this would make sense ...
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Pitch Accent of ありがとうございます According to Forvo

One of the first things you learn in Japanese is that the proper pitch accent of ありがとう has the step-down after り (in standard dialect). But if you listen to the pronunciations on Forvo (and more ...
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Understanding how pitch accent changes in words, especially 和語

These words all begin with 花(はな↓), but they all have different pitch accent patterns. 花火 は↓なび (There is also 花火↓師) 花芽 はな↓め 花見 はなみ↓ (also, 花見↓月 vs 花見時 which is 平板) Knowing that the pitch accent of each ...
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一日二日 pronunciation

I was trying to determine the pitch accent for the phrase 一日二日 when it means "for a day or two" and realised I might not even have the right reading. I thought it would be いちにちににち, but then ...
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In what cases do 平板 verbs change their pitch?

I recently realized that 平板 verbs become 尾高 when there is a の after them. For example: 戦うの→たたかうの{LHHHL} 寝るの→ねるの{LHL} That really does happen right? Or am I mishearing? What are other situations where ...
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いつか日本に行きます。/ 五日日本に行きます。

Do these two sentences have the same sound? (The romanji are the same, but I am not sure about the stress). いつか日本に行きます。(I will go to Japan someday.) 五日日本に行きます。(I'm going to Japan on the 5th.) How ...
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Sounds of 大体 (Approximately) vs 代替 (Alternative)

Are the two phrases having the identical sound (including the accent)? 大体 だいたい (Approximately) (Dictionary: OJAD)  代替 だいたい (Alternative) (Dictionary: Weblio) I could not look them up in the same ...
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difference between 介護士 and 看護師

I learnt both of these words as an equivalent to "nurse". What is the difference in meaning between those two ? Also what is the pitch accent for 介護士 ?
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pitch accent for suffixes

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 ...
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Interaction between pitch accent and mi-prefixation

I'm interested in the ways in which words that can be prefixed with mi- might vary in accent. For instance, both mi-kokoro and mi-gokoro are attested (albeit rare and highly archaic), but mi-kokoro is ...
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Pitch accent of 超自然的

The word 超自然的 seems to have a somewhat mysterious pitch accent. In WaniKani's audio (click the speaker icons) as well as in this random YouTube video it sounds like the accent is ちょうしぜんてき{HHLLHHHH}. ...
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Pitch Accent Confusion

Occasionally, I hear the pitch accent of phrases that should be heard as 平板型 end up not being this way. Some examples are 卒業して、それは、これは、気がする、私は、私が. All of these words and phrases should be "flat&...
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How to understand the pronunciation as listed in Wiktionary

Wiktionary has two transcriptions: 私 (Tokyo)¹ わ[たし]{——}² [wàtáshí]³ (Heiban⁴ – [0]⁵) IPA: [[ɰᵝa̠ta̠ɕi]] What is the 1st one called and how is it read? "Tokyo" stands for the Tokyo dialect ...
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愛する pitch accent confusion

I'm reasonably new to learning pitch accent. Started learning this year, as it was never actually taught in any form at school or university. I'm confused about why 愛する should have the accent on the ...
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How can I find the pitch-accent pattern for 頭高型?

I don't mean the meaning of 頭高型, but the pitch-accent pattern of the actual word 「頭高型」. I've found several pitch-accent dictionaries including the two OJAD sites (here and here), but the first site ...
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Higher amplitude in accented mora?

From ear, despite what the conventional literature tells me, I often hear that the accented mora has a higher amplitude, not just coming before the downstep. This is particularly obvious in This ...
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Pitch Accent Patterns with Pluralized たち Nouns

Curious if there are any general rules for the pitch accent for pluralized たち nouns. For example: 子供達 - the pattern seems to be こどもたち{LHHLL} 私たち - the pattern seems to be わたしたち{LHHLL} 自分たち - the ...
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Does the honorific prefix お/ご have an effect on pitch accent?

Does the honorific prefix お/ご have an effect on pitch accent? For example, can it make an unaccented word accented or an accented word unaccented? If this prefix does have an effect on pitch accent, ...
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Pitch accent websites differing for certain words

For the word 九日 (ここのか{LHHH}), both OJAD and weblio agree on the pitch accent of the word itself, but for the particle that comes afterwords (say 九日の), they differ by this: OJAD: ここのかの{LHHHH} ...
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Rise in pitch right before quotative って?

On the last mora of reported speech, right before って, I sometimes hear a high pitch (or maybe stress) where I would normally not expect one. If there is a ない in front of the って, for example, I often ...
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Are there any rules to the intonations they are discussing in this video?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpbOoSbnp5k I rarely if ever see anything like this covered in Japanese textbooks or courses besides the hashi (bridge) vs hashi (chopstick) discussion. Is there no ...
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ありがとう pronounced with heibangata pitch pattern?

I've always heard a lot of Japanese people pronounce ありがとう as ありがとう{LHHHH}, but I've never actually seen anyone talk about it on the Internet. People always say ありがとう should be pronounced ありがとう{...
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Pitch accent pattern for verb stem + な

I've only ever heard this form be used in the command "待ちな!" (Wait!), but just out of curiosity, I'd like to know what pitch accent rule(s) apply here. I thought I'd heard the above-mentioned phrase ...
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Pitch accent for ないで and なくて

When I listen to Japanese people speak, I usually hear them say ないで{HLL} and なくて{HLL}, with the pitch drop always placed on な, no matter the verb. But I might just be hearing things wrong. However, I ...
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What are some examples of three-mora atamadaka verbs besides 帰る?

I couldn't find a good way to research this on my own, I'm afraid. I'm not looking for a comprehensive list by any means (in before it turns out 帰る is the only one...), but rather just a few examples ...
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How to differentiate between 異常 and 異状 in speech?

I believe I roughly understand the difference in meaning between the two. However, as far as I can tell, they have the same pitch accent - 大辞林 lists them both as being [0], ie 平板. Would context always ...
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Pitch Accent for Honorifics

I have been studying pitch accent for a few months now, primarily from the NHK Accent Dictionary. My Japanese is not terribly strong, so it took me a while to muddle through the explanations and ...
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Can native Japanese speakers pick up a distinctive accent in people whose first language contains contour tones?

First of all, I am an American, and my native language is American English. My home language or first language, on the other hand, is a contour tonal language, with multiple tones, probably 4 or 5, ...
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What is the difference between the pronunciation of 「休校【きゅうこう】」and「急行【きゅうこう】」?

「休校【きゅうこう】」と「急行【きゅうこう】」の発音はどう違いますか。 よろしくお願いします!
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