[TSL 3104 Phonetics and Phonology] – Vowels


The following table displays and describes the different IPA vowels and diphthongs. Click on a vowel to hear an audio clip. (Note: The audio clips may not play well in the media bar of Internet Explorer. Use another player or download the links to disk.)

Vowel Description Example
[i] forward vowel as in beet
[I] forward vowel as in bit
[e] forward vowel as in chaotic
[eI] diphthong as in bait
(character not available) forward vowel as in bet
[ae] diphthong as in bat
[a] forward vowel as in Boston
(as spoken by New Englanders)
[aI] diphthong as in by
[au] diphthong as in house
[u] back vowel as in boot
[ju] diphthong as in abuse
omega back vowel as in book
[o] back vowel as in pillow
(character not available) diphthong as in boat
open o back vowel as in awe
(character not available) diphthong as in boy
(character not available) back vowel as in father
(character not available) central vowel, stressed as in bud
(character not available) central vowel, unstressed (schwa) as in appeal
(character not available) central vowel with r, stressed as in burr
(character not available) central vowel with r, unstressed (hooked schwa) as in butter
(character not available) central vowel, r-less as in bird

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