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vowel

A vowel is a letter that represents a speech sound made with one’s airway (the mouth and vocal chords) open and without touching one’s tongue to the teeth, lips, or the roof of the mouth. It is contrasted with consonants, which are formed by obstructing one’s airway in some way so as to create a harder, more defined speech sound. Together, vowels and consonants form syllables in speech.
There are five letters that are considered to be true vowels: A, E, I, O, and U.
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vowel

[′väu̇əl]
(linguistics)
A voiced "open sound," in which the quality of the sound is determined by its placement in the mouth.
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The cause of this transitional noise is the narrow stricture of the high vocoid after the t release that generates turbulent airflow.
We depart from Clements with respect to the nonuniversality of the noise, since we posit that in contrast to sequences of t plus nonhigh vowels, sequences of t plus high vocoid always create strident noise, although its amount might be language specific and dependent on context and other criteria such as aspiration of the stop.
s (2006) experimental study with German and Polish alveolar stop-high vocoid sequences in nonce words, in which the friction phase in /dj/ sequences was significantly longer than that in /di/ sequences.
It also needs to be explained why it is always the first member of an onset cluster that is preserved and the high vocoid of a diphthong that is lost.
High-ranking SYLL-WELL forces the simplification of complex nuclei and *P/[Alpha] favors the preservation of the vocoid of higher sonority; the most harmonic peak, (35b).
10) Considering that the feature [-anterior] of the high vocoid is preserved by the TF correspondent of the consonant that precedes it (e.