Definition of downdrift in English:

downdrift

noun

mass noun
  • A tendency in certain languages or kinds of utterance for pitch to fall near the end of a phrase, clause, or sentence.

    • ‘The results show that the downdrift tends to break before a Prepositional Phrase or a heavy noun phrase, though not always.’

Pronunciation

downdrift

/ˈdaʊndrɪft/