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Encyclopedia > Central vowel

front near-front central near-back back
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 central vowel is a type of vowel sound used in some spoken languages. The defining characteristic of a central vowel is that the tongue is positioned halfway between a front vowel and a back vowel. The central vowels identified by the International Phonetic Alphabet are:

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Vowel at AllExperts (3593 words)
The different vowel qualities are realized in acoustic analyses of vowels by the relative values of the formants, acoustic resonances of the vocal tract which show up as dark bands on a spectrogram.
In tonal languages, in most cases the tone of a syllable is carried by the vowel, meaning that the relative pitch or the pitch contour that marks the tone is superimposed on the vowel.
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 inventories of vowels are larger than their inventories of consonants.
TRINPsite: Book of Symbols: The Choice of Vowel(s) and Consonant(s)   (1631 words)
In phonetics cardinal vowels are often plotted on a diagram with the sound ï (pronounced as in technique), or a similar but shorter one, at the extreme left.
But what traditionally has been called "the neutral vowel" is the schwa (as in abut) because this is a central vowel produced with the tongue in the position it has when at rest and with the lips 'neutral' or spread.
So far as vowels are concerned we conclude therefore that on the symbolistic view words denoting and/or connoting centrality or neutrality, central or neutral things, or things in the same associative field, should have ä as a vowel, or as the most important or central vowel.
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