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Japonic Cognates And Reconstructed Forms

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This section presents a note on the Japonic cognates and reconstructed forms relevant to the discussion of theoretical issues in suprasegmental phonology, and a system of pitch accent in relation to moras, syllables, pitch, stress, and tones. The pitch-accent language is one whose lexicon specifies either the syllable on which an accent occurs or only whether a word is one type, not the other, when there are only two types of accent. For instance, in Tokyo Japanese, which is generally considered to be a prototypical pitch-accent language, there are two types of nouns: accented and unaccented.

Keywords: Japonic cognates; pitch-accent language; suprasegmental phonology



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