Most Akan examples and texts in this course
show reduced (economic) tone marking. The conventions for economic tone
marking are as follows:
a) Low tones are generally unmarked (but see d below).
b) The first High tone in a word is marked with an acute accent.
c) High tones following immediately a marked High tone are left unmarked (unless the High tone that follows is downstepped, see g).
d) The first Low tone following a High tone is marked with a grave accent.
e) Low tones following immediately a marked Low tone is left unmarked.
f) A High tone following a marked or unmarked Low tone is marked with an acute accent.
g) A downstepped High tone occuring within a word - always immediately following a marked or unmarked High tone - is marked with an acute accent.
h) Downstep occuring between two seperately
written words is marked with an apostrophy before the downstepped first
syllable of the second word.