Close vowel


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Related to Close vowel: Open vowel
(Pron.) a vowel which is pronounced with a diminished aperture of the lips, or with contraction of the cavity of the mouth.
See under Close, a.

See also: Close, Vowel

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long category oppositions in close vowel /i/ and open vowel /a/ in CV(:)CV carrier words was designed.
The studies on microprosody in several languages have established systematic differences in the intrinsic features of vowels--open vowels tend to have lower F0, higher intensity and longer duration than close vowels (e.
The paper discusses the early i-/y-spellings which may indicate the narrowing of the long mid close vowel [e: > i:] even before the 15th century, a date generally considered the initial stage of the Great Vowel Shift.
Among others, the text contains rhymes like me : companee, with a reverse spelling which may testify to the raising of the long close vowel le:].
The vowels in the speech of the older age group form a quadrilateral which is characteristic to other Finnic languages, whereas in the case of the younger speakers we can observe a tendency typical to this region: the back vowel /a/ has shifted towards the /o/ (raised), which in its turn has resulted in the shift of the mid-high /o/ towards the close vowel /u/.
Long close vowels /i, y, u/ have been preserved in all words (Saar, Valmet 1997).
The latter are distinguished by the same features as the close vowels to which they are related (i.
Black 1949; Peterson, Lehiste 1960; Di Cristo 1978) have shown that open vowels tend to have lower F0, higher intensity and longer duration than close vowels.