A Vowel Sound
- ... is an OPEN sound, ie. it is produced by not blocking the breath with the lips, teeth, or tongue.
- ... is always voiced (VD), ie. the vocal cords vibrate.
The word "vowel" came into English 600 years ago, originating in the Latin "vocalis" meaning "voice."
- ... can form a syllable by itself: hell-o, aw-ful
|high||seat /iy/||do /uw/|
|sit /I/||book /U/|
|mid||say /ey/||no /ow/|
|met /e/||ball //|
Transcription System: Prator & Robinett