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downdrift

Line breaks: down|drift
Pronunciation: /ˈdaʊndrɪft/

Definition of downdrift in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A tendency in certain languages or kinds of utterance for pitch to fall near the end of a phrase, clause, or sentence.
Example sentences
  • The results show that the downdrift tends to break before a Prepositional Phrase or a heavy noun phrase, though not always.

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