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:
OUR /aʊər, ˈaʊər/
I would like to know if this vowel is front, central, not fully front or slightly central.
Last edited by The apprentice; 15-Oct-2013 at 06:40. Reason: Misspelling and a grammar mistake
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 [ä]. 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.
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.