|Subject : Dictation.Semester : 3.||Lecturer : Puji Siswanto, S.PdCredits : 2 SKS.|
The characteristics of the pure vowel sounds
Vowels are articulated when a voiced airstream is shaped using the tongue and the lips to modify the overall shape of the mouth. English speakers generally use twelve pure vowels and eight diphthongs. Moreover, vowels are produced when the airstream is voiced through the vibration of the vocal cords in the larynx, and then shaped using the tongue and the lips to modify the overall shape of the mouth.
If you try saying /i:/ /e/ /æ/ /Ŋ//ɔ:/ /u:/ out loud, you should be able to feel that your tongue changes position in your mouth, yet it doesn’t actually obstruct the airflow. Try moving smoothly from one sound to the next, without stopping. In addition, you will also be aware of the shape of your lips changing…
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