BACK VOWELS

The back vowels of Present-Day English are the vowels that are articulated near the rear of the vocal cavity.

1. /u/ (the phoneme spelled oo in food): high back vowel.
2. /U/ (the phoneme spelled u in put): high back vowel. This vowel is articulated slightly further forward and slightly lower than is the preceding vowel /u/.
3. /o/ (the phoneme spelled oa in boat): mid back vowel.
4. /ô/ (the phoneme spelled au in caught): mid back vowel. This vowel is articulated slighter further forward and slightly lower than is the preceding vowel /o/.

 

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