American Vowel System. ENG 115 Prof. K. Horowitz. INDEX. Objectives Introduction What is a Vowel? The Vowel Chart Vowel Chart Diagram Front Vowel Definition Try Your Luck! Practice Exercises Useful Links. Objectives.
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American Vowel System
Prof. K. Horowitz
This module is designed to familiarize second language students with the vowel system of American English, which is the most common variation of the language encountered by Puerto Ricans.
A vowel, also known as a monothong, is a sound produced in the mouth with no air obstruction. That is, there is nothing blocking the flow of air from the lungs out through the mouth.
Front vowels are pronounced using the front of the mouth. There are five: [i], [I], [e], [ε], and [æ].
[i] is the same as in Spanish.
EX: Sweet, fui.
[I] is shorter in pronunciation.
EX: Si t, fi ll.