@snailplane Yes that'd likely be more accurate, but I was trying to draw a parallel, I think it may be slightly more confusing if I change words like that... not sure if it's worth the technical accuracy.
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 standard Tokyo Japanese the word for "now" is , 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 . A final or is often devoiced to or after a downstep and an unvoiced consonant.
Descriptions of Japanese pitch accent
In standard Japanese (標準語 hyōjungo), pitch accent has the followin...
@Mechanicalsnail Is prosodic really the right term? I'm not a linguist, but that's what I'd use to describe the pitch changes you make for, e.g., the sentence pitch contour. I think pitch accents in Japanese are a little close to tones in tonal languages (of course not that either though, as it's nowhere near that important).
@Mechanicalsnail Sure they do. In classical Japanese, it was -nara, -nari / -ni, -nari, -naru, -nare, -nare. In modern Japanese, it is -daro, -daQ / -de / -ni, -da, -na, -nara. For example, 静かだ is 終止形 and concludes a phrase, while 静かに is 連用形 and describes how something is done, while 静かな（る） is 連体形 and would come before a noun phrase.
@jkerian, nope, that's the servant talking :) The full sentence is : ダンナ様の大事なブドウ酒は、きっちり運ばして頂きませんで！ Now, assuming what you said is true, then there's Keigo grammar for it : causative-te + itadaku, which is just an "extremely humble form" (according to my cheat sheets), which makes sense, but then why would the speaker use a shorten form of the causative form..?
@Dono Wikipedia gives a convincing case that those are just forms of the copula rather than inflections. That is, /na/ and its forms act more like independent words than like the verbal inflectional endings (/i/, /u/, /ru/ and their forms).