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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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16 shows that [u:] has the lowest F1 and F2 values among the back series vowels which make this vowel the high back or close back vowel of Pahari.
Based on the acoustic analysis it is concluded that Pahari operates on 12 vowel system.
Emily's voice is lustrous and she has the required expertise to sing all vowels of the European languages in a musical scale," Nagyvary explained.
I analyzed her sound samples by computer for harmonic content and then using state-of-the art phonetic analysis to obtain a 2-D map of the female soprano vowels.
Mastery of closed [i] and [u] prepares the student for additional vowel study.
Students may have a tone that is breathy, strident, or lacking in vibrancy, even though the vowel is accurately formed.
To examine (stressed, pretonic and posttonic) vowel systems of ancient Portuguese, Fonte (2010a,b; 2014) mapped and analyzed rhymes and spelling of remaining poetical texts of Galician-Portuguese (13th century), Middle Portuguese (15th century) and Modern Portuguese (16th century).
It is worth noting that, in studies focused on Portuguese unstressed vocalism, Teyssier (1994 [1980) had already mentioned the lack of evidence on raising of word-final posttonic vowel before the 18th century in the history of the Portuguese language.
The initial vowel tone was altered from high to low tone in order to create tone minimal pairs.
The only robust effect was the realization of a short vowel in a syllable following the first short syllable as phonetically half-long: [kana] 'hen:NOM' (the [V.
The vowels may be arranged in 2 main ways in the word: