Within a phonological word, all syllables but the last change tone.
Stress is assigned only after the lexeme has received all its affixes to form the whole phonological word.
The initial form is found at the beginning of phonological words.
Primary word stress then goes to the penultimate mora of the phonological word.
It disappears when the syllable is not the nucleus of a phonological word.
However, none of them are pronounced alone without vowels, so they are not phonological words.
The phonological word has one and only one high tone which may occur in any syllable of the word.
Prosodic units occur at a hierarchy of levels, from the metrical foot and phonological word to a complete utterance.
An extreme level of this theoretical quandary posed by some phonological words is provided by the Kwak'wala language.
If it does not, the pitch rises gradually across the phonological word.