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The pitch accessory of Vedic Sanskrit, or Vedic accessory for brevity, is commonly divided by way of Sanskrit grammarians into 3 features, udātta "raised" (acute accessory, excessive pitch), anudātta "not raised" (grave accessory, low pitch) and svarita "sounded" (circumflex, falling pitch). In Devanagari variants of the Rigveda samhita, svarita is marked with a small upright stroke above a syllable, and anudātta with a horizontal line less than the syllable, and udātta is unmarked.

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