Vowels of the world''''s languages

  title={Vowels of the world''''s languages},
  author={Ian Maddieson},
Many of the vowels of the world’s languages can be described simply by reference to the three traditional dimensions high–low, back–front, and rounded–unrounded, with the first two of these being considered as names for auditory dimensions. There may be up to five contrasting vowel heights. Some languages contrast otherwise similar front, central and back vowels. There are also two kinds of rounding: protrusion and labial compression. Minor vowel features include: nasalization, other tongue… Expand

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