Vowel Sounds: Cardinal Vowels


2. The Importance of a Standard. even among speakers of the same dialect, vowel articulation variesif a phonetician wants to describe a vowel X as being a certain distance from a vowel Y, we have to know where Y isfor this reason we have Cardinal Vowels, idealizations of vowels at fixed distances from each other within the vowel spacearbitrary reference points from which we can describe real vowels in a language.

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Vowel Sounds: Cardinal Vowels

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