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    #1

    The '' a '' sound

    Dear teachers and members:

    I know that the '' a
    '' sound is an open or low vowel that it always occurs in diphthongs and triphthongs as in the words:

    LIKE /laɪk/

    TIE /taɪ/

    COW /kaʊ/

    MOUTHS
    /maʊz/

    OUR /aʊər, ˈaʊər/

    TOWER /ˈtaʊər/

    BUYER /ˈbaɪər/



    I would like to know if this vowel is front, central, not fully front or slightly central.


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    The Apprentice
    Last edited by The apprentice; 15-Oct-2013 at 06:40. Reason: Misspelling and a grammar mistake

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    #2

    Re: The '' a '' sound

    Quote Originally Posted by The apprentice View Post
    " a "
    I would like to know if this vowel is front, central, not fully front or slightly central.
    ***NOT A TEACHER***

    It is a low central vowel (tense).

    Note: Leave a space before and after quotation marks, but only outside them. (emsr2d2)

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    #3

    Re: The '' a '' sound

    Cardinal Vowel 4, [a] is a front vowel. In the RP diphthong /aɪ/, the glide begins a little behind this front position - it is close to []. In RP, the glide begins in a more central position, slightly in front of [ɑ].

    These two diphthongs are pronounced in a variety of ways in BrE, I have mentioned only standard RP.

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    #4

    Re: The '' a '' sound

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Cardinal Vowel 4, [a] is a front vowel.


    If you mean the sound a in the word father, we have no problem here. However, if it is the sound in the word stop, then a question has to be raised.

    I have a copy from a book by name An Intensive Personalized Program in Perception, Pronunciation, Practice in Context - written by Joan Morley says that a in the word stop is a low central tense. That note has been extracted from unit two. That copy is not going to be worthy from now on. Thank you, 5jj.

    Last edited by Odessa Dawn; 16-Oct-2013 at 02:25. Reason: Adding more detail.

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    #5

    Re: The '' a '' sound

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    If you mean the sound a in the word father, we have no problem here. However, if it is the sound in the word stop, then a question has to be raised.
    Neither of these sounds is exactly the same as Cardinal Vowel 4.

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