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    #31

    Re: pronunciations of O and I

    Quote Originally Posted by TaiwanPofLee View Post
    It's not so difficult for me:

    1. Learn the American pronunciation of the alphabet
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xSaINX-fdc
    (Happy Kids, ABC Writing | Alphabet Writing | Capital Letters | Upper-Case Letters)

    2. The alphabet contains 13 vowels: No, it doesn't. The only vowels are A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y.

    monophthong: [e] [i] [E] [o] [>] [x] [X] [u] [.] E is the only monothong.

    diphthong: [A] [I] [O] [U] And Y.
    Short vowels are usually monothongs.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #32

    Re: pronunciations of O and I

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Short vowels are usually monothongs.
    Thank you for your response, Charlie.

    I certainly know the English alphabet has 5 vowel letters, or 6 vowel letters, including y.

    I am talking about English pronunciation. I should have said "The alphabet contains 13 vowel sounds" instead of "The alphabet contains 13 vowels."

    And, I am talking about the vowel phonemes which the pronunciations of the names of the 26 alphabet letters contain.

    Prof. Lee's A.E. phonetic symbols (in part):
    [e] egg [i] in [E] eve [o] ox [>] all [x] book [X] boot [u] us [.] ago
    [A] ape [I] ice [O] old [U] use
    Last edited by TaiwanPofLee; 19-Apr-2015 at 16:32. Reason: Addition of 3 paragraphs.

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    #33

    Re: pronunciations of O and I

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    I think you are making it more complicated than it need be.
    Complicating or creative: that is the question!
    Whether 'tis complicating: that is a second question!
    Last edited by TaiwanPofLee; 24-Apr-2015 at 12:21.

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    #34

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    It is not a question for me.

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    #35

    Re: pronunciations of O and I

    Shakespearean or Newyokerean: that is a third question!


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    #36

    Re: pronunciations of O and I

    I'll take NewYorkian.

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    #37

    Re: pronunciations of O and I

    English: The English alphabet has five vowel letters.
    SaypYu: dhɘ Inglish alfɘbet haz fayv vawɘl letɘrz.
    A.E.: [TH. iNgliS alf.bet haz fIv [email protected] let.rz]

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    #38

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    Five main vowel letters and sometimes Y.

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    #39

    Re: pronunciations of O and I

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    Five main vowel letters and sometimes Y.
    A, E, I, O, U: vowel letters;
    W: consonant letter, sometimes a semivowel letter;
    Y : consonant letter, sometimes a semivowel letter, sometimes a vowel letter.

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    #40

    Re: pronunciations of O and I

    I don't know about W being a semivowel. It certainly can affect the pronunciation of a vowel that precedes it but so can R and H.

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