Re: Why do we call a.e.i.o.u as vowel?
I don't agree. Both lips and tongue are important in the formation of vowels. The key difference between vowels and most consonants is that the passage of air from the lungs is not restricted in any way in the production of vowels.
Originally Posted by SoothingDave
Incidentally, the word ‘vowel’ comes from the same root as ‘vocal’ – vowel sounds are made only with the voice. ‘Consonant’ comes from words meaning ‘with-sounding’. Most consonants (voiceless fricatives are an exception) cannot be pronounced without an accompanying vowel sound.
Last edited by 5jj; 25-Jun-2012 at 18:06.
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