The LH Contour

Based on the reading of statements in questions in a laboratory setting by native speakers of Hindi (primarily Delhi dialect), a typical Hindi utterance consists of at least one intonational phrase(IP) composed of one or more rising contours (LH) aligned with individual content words. The final constituent of the sentence, usually the verb, bears the boundary tone of the IP. The register in which H tones are realized gradually narrows across the utterance, a trend commonly observed in the intonation of other languages.

Below is an example of a Hindi utterance with numerous instances of LH.

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Last Updated: 12/03/97

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