Open vowel


Open vowel
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iy
ɨʉ
ɯu
ɪʏ
ʊ
eø
ɘɵ
ɤo
ɛœ
ɜɞ
ʌɔ
æ
aɶ
ä
ɑɒ
Near-close
Close-mid
Mid
Open-mid
Near-open
Open
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An open vowel is defined as a vowel sound in which the tongue is positioned as far as possible from the roof of the mouth. Open vowels are sometimes also called low vowels in reference to the low position of the tongue. The open vowels identified in the International Phonetic Alphabet are:

In the context of the phonology of any particular language, a low vowel can be any vowel that is more open than a mid vowel. That is, open-mid vowels, near-open vowels, and open vowels can all be considered low vowels.

Open vowels are used in nearly all spoken languages (one exception is Arapaho).

Notes

  1. ^ This vowel is not known to occur as a distinct phoneme from [œ] in any language.

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  • open vowel — n technical a vowel such as /a/ that is pronounced with your tongue flat on the bottom of your mouth …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • open vowel — noun count LINGUISTICS a vowel that you pronounce with your tongue on the bottom of your mouth …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • open vowel — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms open vowel : singular open vowel plural open vowels linguistics a vowel that you pronounce with your tongue on the bottom of your mouth …   English dictionary

  • open vowel — noun (C) technical a vowel that is pronounced with your tongue flat on the bottom of your mouth …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Near-open vowel — IPA vowel chart Front Near ​front Central Near ​back …   Wikipedia

  • Open front unrounded vowel — a Image …   Wikipedia

  • Open central unrounded vowel — ä IPA number 304 415 Encoding Entity (decimal) #228; …   Wikipedia

  • Open-mid back unrounded vowel — ʌ Image …   Wikipedia


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