pitch accent


Definition of pitch accent

2 : prominence given to a syllable or word by means of raised pitch or change of pitch

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First Known Use of pitch accent

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for pitch accent

pitch entry 4

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The first known use of pitch accent was in 1871

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“Pitch accent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitch%20accent. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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