The high vowels of Present-Day English are the vowels that are articulated with the jaw relatively high--that is, with the mouth nearly closed.
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 lower and slightly further back than is the preceding vowel /i/.
3. /u/ (the phoneme spelled oo in food): high back vowel.
4. /U/ (the phoneme spelled u in put): high back vowel. This vowel is articulated slighter lower and slightly further forward than is the preceding vowel /u/.
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