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There is such a thing as "tone shift", which is especially widespread in Bantu languages (see Kisseberth & Odden (2003) in The Bantu languages). Shifting can be by a vowel (mora), a syllable, or multiple syllables. Shifting by a vowel vs. a syllable are the same thing, except when you are dealing with long vowels / diphthongs, and syllable-...

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