May 15th, 2012

Ann Vole

Pitch accent

I have been watching two wonderful animated films that are only available to me in Korean (with English subtitles). They are "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild" and "Outback" (also called "Koala Kid"). I have come to fall in love with the sound of Korean but especially the times when they change the tone of a single sound. I believe this aspect of this language is called "pitch accent" and is only used in some dialects of Korean. Listening carefully to my degus, if they do have a verbal language (as I suspect), it likely uses pitch accent too. A tone sequence of middle-high-low is common in degu sounds and matches several of the examples in these Korean films of pitch accents in the dialog.