Vowel Overview - Vowels Vowels Vowels are produced by a...

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Unformatted text preview: Vowels Vowels Vowels are produced by a vocal tract that is more or less unobstructed Contact may be made with the tongue against the upper and lower teeth and corresponding gum ridge Vowels are the result of the shape of the oral cavity which is altered by the tongue and lips Vowels can vary by tongue position, height, and tenseness Vowel chart page 27 Front Vowels Front Vowels The tongue is shifted forward from its position of rest / i I e ɛ æ / Front Vowels Front Vowels / i / / I / / e / / ɛ / / æ / Back Vowels Back Vowels The tongue is shifted backward from its position of rest / u ʊ o ɔ ɑ / Back Vowels Back Vowels / u / / ʊ / / o / / ɔ / / ɑ / Central Vowels Central Vowels The tongue is in its natural middle position between the upper and lower teeth / ʌ ə ɝ ɚ / Central Vowels Central Vowels / ʌ / / ə / / ɝ / / ɚ / Tongue Height Tongue Height Low vowels are produced when the tongue is lowered below the rest state High vowels are produced when the tongue is raised above the rest state Mid vowels are produced when the tongue is raised slightly and shifted forward or backward Vowel Deviations Vowel Deviations Vowels are mastered early and rarely misarticulated Stressed vowels are more accurately produced than unstressed vowels Tense vowels are more accurately produced than lax vowels Front and back vowels are better mastered than central vowels Front vowels substituted for front vowels and back vowels substituted for back vowels ...
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