|Kanji in this term|
|たか > だか
|かた > がた|
Compound of 頭 (atama, “head; start”) + 高 (taka, “high”) + 型 (kata, “form”), in reference to the first mora of the word (the "head") having the highest pitch. The taka changes to daka as an instance of rendaku (連濁)., and similarly The kata changes to gata as an instance of rendaku (連濁).
- The pitch accent pattern in Japanese where the first syllable is accented; i.e., the first syllable has high pitch and all subsequent syllables have low pitch, for example in the word 会う (au).