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Encyclopedia > Back vowel

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close iy ɨʉ ɯu
near-close ɪʏ ʊ
close-mid e ɘɵ ɤo
mid ə
open-mid ɛœ ɜɞ ʌɔ
near-open ɐ
open aɶ ɑɒ
Table of vowels
List of vowels
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A back vowel is a type of vowel sound used in some spoken languages. The defining characteristic of a back vowel is that the tongue is positioned as far back as possible in the mouth without creating a constriction that would be classified as a consonant. The back vowels identified by the International Phonetic Alphabet are:

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Vowel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3285 words)
Backness refers to the horizontal tongue position during the articulation of a vowel relative to the back of the mouth.
Vowels are especially important to the structures of words in languages that have very few consonants (like Polynesian languages such as Maori and Hawaiian), and in languages whose inventory of vowels is larger than its inventory of consonants.
Furthermore, in English some vowel sounds are represented by combinations of vowel letters, such as the ea in beat or by a vowel letter and an approximant letter, as the ow in how, or the er in her.
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