FRONT VOWELS

The front vowels of Present-Day English are the vowels that are articulated near the front of the oral cavity.

1. /i/ (the phoneme spelled ee in beet): high front vowel.
2. /I/ (the phoneme spelled i in bit): high front vowel. This vowel is articulated slightly further back and slightly lower than the preceding vowel /i/.
3. /e/ (the phoneme spelled ai in bait): mid front vowel.
4. /e/ (the phoneme spelled e in bet): mid front vowel. This vowel is articulated slightly further back and slightly lower than the preceding vowel /e/.
5. /æ/ (the phoneme spelled a in bat): low front vowel.

 

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