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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.
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A '''vowel sound''' (/vaʊl saʊnd/) is a [[speech sound]] 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.
  
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]]'''.
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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 letters representing the [[semi-vowel]]s, [[Y]] and [[W]] and even [[R]].
  
 
For a description of the vowels in English see [[Phonetic_symbol#Vowels|Phonetic symbol § Vowels]].
 
For a description of the vowels in English see [[Phonetic_symbol#Vowels|Phonetic symbol § Vowels]].
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== See also ==
 
*[[International Phonetic Alphabet]]
 
*[[Vowel letters]]
 
  
  
 
[[Category:Pronunciation]]
 
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[[Category:Vowel phonemes| ]]
 
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Revision as of 15:09, 21 February 2020

A vowel sound (/vaʊl saʊnd/) is a speech sound 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 letters representing the semi-vowels, Y and W and even R.

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

References