Rounded Vowels

Rounded Vowels

 

or labialized vowels, vowels pronounced with rounded lips in articulation—for example, “o” and “u” in Russian.

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Historical centralization or fronting of back rounded vowels, atypical of the Caspian languages (cf.
Rounded vowels, a plummy accent and an unstoppable enthusiasm for grand designs have got Kevin McCloud a long way.
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Formation of Rounded Vowels. Closed back [u] provides the fundamental shape for rounded vowels.
Napuli delighted the crowd and had everyone on their feet by the time the night was over, perfecting the self-assured tone of Matilda and the rounded vowels of a Brit.
He learned to form his trademark rounded vowels when his mother sent him to stage school to lose his cockney accent - but he has never lost sight of his roots and still goes to watch Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
Lip opening area is also listed for rounded vowels.
As early as 1929, Kohler found that adults tend to associate nonsense words containing rounded vowels (bouba) with curved shapes and words with nonrounded vowels (kiki) with spiked shapes (Kohler, 1947).
Offer an annual amnesty to all celebrity ex-Scousers who talk like Jamie Carragher when being interviewed by the likes of Parkie on screen but adopt the rounded vowels of Lord Snooty when giving orders to the binmen outside their mansions in Amersham, Bucks.
Cloudesley Marsham, an Old Etonian much admired for his rounded vowels, will be in attendance.
For the moment, we simply note that, although our long-term aim is to investigate all these differences between non-anglicised SSE and RP, and to try to establish whether some Anglo-English features are more easily acquired than others (and whether there are any features of non-anglicised SSE that are particularly resistant to Anglo-English influence), we focus here on variable non-rhoticity, the low unrounded vowels of RP, and the low back rounded vowels of RP.
Even the neds have rounded vowels and I bet they still complain they can't understand what they're saying south of the border.