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    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    What are the diphthongs ?
    give three examples for diphtongs.
    I s the sound /I:/ as in deer considered a diphtong?

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    Re: diphtong

    A diphtong is two vowel sounds in one.

    For example, the vowel in "sound" is a diphtong, and is represented in the IPA as [au]. It begins like an [a] and ends in an [u].

    The vowel sound [ɪ:] in "see" is a single vowel, not a diphtong -- it's just a long vowel. However, in the word "deer", most people pronounce the vowel sound as [ɪǝ] "ee-uh", which is a diphtong.


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