Saturday, February 6, 2010

Sound of the week /ӕ/

/ӕ/ is a short, open, front vowel. 
The defining characteristic of a front vowel is that the tongue is positioned as far in front as possible in the mouth without creating a constriction that would be classified as a consonant. Front vowels are sometimes also called bright vowels because they are perceived as sounding brighter than the back vowels.
An open vowel is a vowel sound of a type used in nearly all spoken languages . The defining characteristic of an open vowel is that the tongue is positioned as far as possible from the roof of the mouth. Open vowels are sometimes also called low vowels in reference to the low position of the tongue.
Examples of /ӕ/ are:
trap /trӕp/
stamp /stӕmp/
back /bӕk/
lamp /lӕmp/
You can download or watch the videodownload the poster with examples, download radio programmes or take a few quizzes on pronunciation.

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