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vowel British & World English

A speech sound which is produced by comparatively open configuration of the vocal tract, with vibration of the vocal cords but without audible friction, and which is a unit of the sound system of a language that forms the nucleus of a syllable

vowel New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

speech sound with vibration of the vocal cords but without audible friction

vowel point British & World English

Each of a set of marks indicating vowels in writing phonetically explicit text in Semitic languages such as Hebrew and Arabic

vowel shift British & World English

A phonetic change in a vowel or vowels

vowel harmony British & World English

The phenomenon in some languages, e.g. Turkish, for all the vowels in a word to be members of the same subclass, for example all front vowels or all back vowels

vowel height British & World English

The degree to which the tongue is raised or lowered in the articulation of a particular vowel

cardinal vowel British & World English

Each of a series of vowel sounds used as a standard reference point to assist in the description and classification of vowel sounds in any language

vowel gradation British & World English

Another term for ablaut.

indeterminate vowel British & World English

The vowel ə heard in ‘a moment ago’; a schwa

semivowel British & World English

A speech sound intermediate between a vowel and a consonant, e.g. w or y

vowel mutation in mutation British & World English

(In Germanic languages) the process by which the quality of a vowel was altered in certain phonetic contexts; umlaut

the Great Vowel Shift in vowel shift British & World English

A series of changes between medieval and modern English affecting the long vowels of the standard language


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