What is vowel?

  • (noun): A speech sound made with the vocal tract open.
    Synonyms: vowel sound
    See also — Additional definitions below


In phonetics, a vowel is a sound in spoken language, such as an English ah! or oh!, pronounced with an open vocal tract so that there is no build-up of air pressure at any point above the glottis. This contrasts with consonants, such as English sh!, where there is a constriction or closure at some point along the vocal tract. A vowel is also understood to be syllabic: an equivalent open but non-syllabic sound is called a semivowel.

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Vowel - Audio Samples
... IPA vowels chart with audio Front Near-​front Central Near-​back Back Close i Sorry, your browser either has JavaScript disabled or does not have any supported player ... Close-mid Mid Open-mid Near-open Open Paired vowels are unrounded—rounded This table contains phonetic symbols ...
Mid-central Vowel
... The mid-central vowel (also known as schwa) is a type of vowel sound, used in some spoken languages ... The same symbol may be used for the rounded and the unrounded mid-central vowel ...
Elision (French)
... elision refers to the suppression of a final unstressed vowel (usually ) immediately before another word beginning with a vowel ... The term also refers to the orthographic convention by which the deletion of a vowel is reflected in writing, and indicated with an apostrophe ...
Mid-central Vowel - Mid-central Unrounded Vowel - Occurrence
... phonology Dutch beter 'better' See Dutch phonology English Most dialects Tina 'Tina' Reduced vowel ... pagar 'to pay' Corresponds mostly to a near-open vowel in Brazilian Portuguese ... Across dialects, among most Brazilian speakers, may be further lowered to an open vowel in certain positions ...
Mid-central Vowel - Mid-central Rounded Vowel - Features
... Its vowel height is mid, which means the tongue is positioned halfway between a close vowel and an open vowel ... Its vowel backness is central, which means the tongue is positioned halfway between a front vowel and a back vowel ...

More definitions of "vowel":

  • (noun): A letter of the alphabet standing for a spoken vowel.

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