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Japanese pitch accent (高低アクセント kōtei akusento) is a feature of the Japanese language which distinguishes words in most Japanese dialects, though the nature and location of the accent for a given word may vary between dialects. For instance, in the Tokyo dialect, considered the standard Japanese dialect (標準語 hyōjungo), the word for "now" is [iꜜma], with the accent on the first mora (or equivalently, with a downstep in pitch between the first and second morae), but in the Kansai dialect it is [i.maꜜ]. A final [i] or [u] is often devoiced to [i̥] or [u̥] after a downstep and an unvoiced consonant.

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