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A '''vowel''' (/vaʊl/) is a speech sound in spoken [[language]] which is pronounced with an open vocal tract so that there is no build-up of air pressure at any point above the glottis.
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A '''vowel sound''' (/vaʊl/) is a speech sound in spoken [[language]] which is pronounced with an open vocal tract so that there is no build-up of air pressure at any point above the glottis.
  
 
There are three kinds of vowel sounds: [[monophthong]]s, [[diphthong]]s and [[triphthong]]s.
 
There are three kinds of vowel sounds: [[monophthong]]s, [[diphthong]]s and [[triphthong]]s.

Latest revision as of 16:54, 10 October 2019

A vowel sound (/vaʊl/) is a speech sound in spoken language which is pronounced with an open vocal tract so that there is no build-up of air pressure at any point above the glottis.

There are three kinds of vowel sounds: monophthongs, diphthongs and triphthongs.

For historical reasons there is a large mismatch between the number of vowels in English - which has up to twenty vowels (depending on the accent) - and the vowel letters, which are limited to A, E, I, O, U, and in some cases, Y.

For a description of the vowels in English see Phonetic symbol § Vowels.

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