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a. Sound (Sound-related feature)

In the Kansai dialect, vowels tend to be pronounced clearly, rather long and strong, and consonants tend to be pronounced lightly, short and weak, which lead to the characteristics listed below.
*BOLD TYPE indicates high pitch
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歯 (teeth)
は(HA) →ぁ(HAA)

木 (tree)
き(KI) →き(KII)

目 (eye)
め(ME) →め(MEE)

戸 (door)
と(TO) → とぉ(TOO)

聞く (listen; ask)
K(i)KU→きく (KIKU)

月 (moon)
TS(u)KI →き (TSUKI)

SH(i)MAS(u) YO →しますよ (SHIMASU YO)

それで (sorede) →ほんで (honde)

そうだ (soo da) →ほや (hoya)

    *The occurrence of the change from [so] to [ho] depends on the region and generation.