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Open front unrounded vowel

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Vowels
front near-front central near-back back
close
near-close
close-mid
mid
open-mid
near-open
open
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The open central unrounded vowel is a type of vowel sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is , and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is a.

Features

  • Its vowel height is open, which means the tongue is positioned as far as possible from the roof of the mouth.
  • Its vowel backness is front which means the tongue is positioned as far forward as possible in the mouth without creating a constriction that would be classified as a consonant. There are no central open vowels because the tongue does not have as much flexibility in positioning as it does for the close vowels; as such the difference between an open front vowel and an open back vowel is equal to the difference between a close front vowel or a close back vowel and a close mid vowel.
  • Its vowel roundedness is unrounded, which means that the lips are not rounded.

Occurs in

All languages have some form of an unrounded open vowel. For languages that only have a single low vowel, the symbol for this vowel (a) is usually used because it is the only low vowel whose symbol is part of the basic Latin alphabet.

In the English dialects of RP and GA, this vowel occurs only as the first part of the diphthongs , as in light , buy ; and , as in how , pout . However, in the Great Lakes region, this vowel occurs in words like stock as a result of the Northern Cities Vowel Shift; in many varieties of Canadian English, it occurs in words like bat as a result of the Canadian Shift.ko:전설 비원순 저모음

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