View Poll Results: Is 'w' a vowel or consonant?

Voters
24. This poll is closed
  • vowel

    2 8.33%
  • consonant

    15 62.50%
  • both

    7 29.17%
Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Dawood Usmani's Avatar
    Dawood Usmani is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Urdu
      • Home Country:
      • Pakistan
      • Current Location:
      • Pakistan
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    601
    Post Thanks / Like

    Vowel or Consonant?


  2. #2
    Soup's Avatar
    Soup is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    5,892
    Post Thanks / Like

  3. #3
    Dawood Usmani's Avatar
    Dawood Usmani is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Urdu
      • Home Country:
      • Pakistan
      • Current Location:
      • Pakistan
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    601
    Post Thanks / Like

    Question Re: Vowel or Consonant?

    When does it function as a vowel and when as a consonant? Does it ever function as full (genuine) vowel?:

  4. #4
    mamlady is offline Newbie
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    3
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Vowel or Consonant?

    hey guys w is a consonant latter u know ... the vowels are just a e i o u
    and that's it ^^


  5. #5
    Soup's Avatar
    Soup is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    5,892
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Vowel or Consonant?

    Quote Originally Posted by dawoodusmani View Post
    When does it function as a vowel and when as a consonant? Does it ever function as full (genuine) vowel?:
    You're merging spelling (orthography) with pronunciation (phonetics).

    The sound represented by the letter <w> has vocalic properties when it sits in the nucleus of a word, the vowel position, and consonantal properties elsewhere. For example,

    We <consonant>
    down <vocalic; diphthong (part of the vowel)
    queen <consonantal, [kw] is a consonant cluster; cf. keen)


    Are there specific words that you would like explained?

Similar Threads

  1. How do you know when a vowel sounded like a consonant?
    By hugsandkisses in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 07-Feb-2009, 23:38
  2. vowel affected by the consonant following it
    By michaelfung in forum Pronunciation and Phonetics
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 16-Feb-2008, 01:22
  3. consonant /t/ contrasts with consonant /d/
    By playagain in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-Feb-2008, 05:51
  4. is about consonant and vowel
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-Dec-2007, 20:10
  5. is "w" in Bowling a vowel or consonant?
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 16-Mar-2005, 08:37

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •