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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
  front
central
back
high seat /iy/   do /uw/
  sit /I/   book /U/
mid say /ey/
no /ow/
  met /Ɛ/   ball /ɔ/
low cat /ae/
my /ay/
now /aw/
     

1-Syllable Words ... 1-Syllable Words + R
Reduction ... Word Stress

Transcription System:  Prator & Robinett