THE DIMENSIONS OF VOWELS

There are three dimensions when we talk about vowels.  They are height and frontness, tense and lax, and rounding  (the shape of the mouth). 1 Height and Frontness / backness. From the explanation above then we can put vowels into the dimensions of HEIGHT (close and open), the vertical dimension, and FRONTNESS which refers to which […]

ENGLISH VOWELS

PRACTICE: 1)       Make a vowel like the [i:] in the English word ‘see’ and look at the mirror.  You will be able to see that the tongue is held up close to the roof of the mouth.  Now make an  [æ] vowel as in the word ‘cat’ and notice how the distance between the surface […]

CONSONANTS, VOWEL, AND GLIDES

CONSONANTS 1.       Articulatory:  The airflow may be  stopped, impeded, or diverted (trough the nasal tract).  The vocal folds may or may not vibrate during articulation. 2.       Acoustically:  consonants are less sonorous tan vowels, that is, vowels are perceived as louder and lounger sounds. 3.       Functionally: generally consonants do not function as the nucleus of a […]

Phonetics_Day 2: THE SOUND-PRODUCING SYSTEM

SPEECH ORGAN •       Those parts of the body used in speech production. •       The primary function of the speech organs is biological. We do not have unique speech organs  (organs developed for speech only).   

Phonetics_Day 1

Course Objective •       To provide students with the understanding of phonetics (articulatory, acoustic, and auditory) •       To provide students with the science of speech production and perception. •       To provide students with phonetic transcription using International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and pronunciation practice of alphabets WHAT IS PHONETICS? •       Phonetics: a science that studies phones or […]