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 (mŏn′əf-thông′, -thŏng′)
1. A single vowel articulated without change in quality throughout the course of a syllable, as the vowel of English bed.
2. Two written vowels representing a single sound, as oa in boat.

[Late Greek monophthongos : Greek mono-, mono- + Greek phthongos, sound.]

mon′oph·thon′gal (-thông′gəl, -thŏng′-) adj.


(Phonetics & Phonology) a simple or pure vowel
[C17: from Greek monophthongos, from mono- + thongos sound]
monophthongal adj


(ˈmɒn əfˌθɔŋ, -ˌθɒŋ)

a vowel sound retaining the same quality throughout its duration. Compare diphthong (def. 1).
[1610–20; < Greek monóphthongos=mono- mono- + phthóngos sound]
mon′oph•thon`gal (-gəl) adj.
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If, however, NEAR is followed by a vowel, it seems to be realized as a monophthong plus /r/.
The formation of diphthong is the process of creating a diphthong of the original monophthong.
Ten Pahari native speakers participated in the study and were given a list of 12 Pahari monophthongs in CVC context for recording where V is the target monophthong.
In most dialects of English the vowel in bait is a diphthong, that is, it glides from one vowel /e/, to another, /i/, transcribed as [eI]; however, in Western Canadian English, the vowel in bait is often a monophthong, phonetically transcribed as [e] (Hagiwara, 2005; K.
in 'gate', /e CAPITAL I/ is pronounced as a monophthong, /e:/.
Use of the OO for /U/ is grouped with other spellings for monophthong vowels that are not categorized as either "short" or "long," and Kirby spelled these with 83% accuracy.
This process involves the loss of the second part of a diphthong in order to create a monophthong.
Simultaneously, forms like heegh 'high' found north of the Humber seem to show that the monophthong [e:] remained unchanged in that region (Brunner 1963: 23).
r/ 'to hear,' which are characterized by a standard monophthong and dialectal loss of the infinitive ending.
There are five monophthong vowels in Spanish: /i/, /e/, /u/, /o/, and /a/.
27) For example, in Viitso 2003:12: "Except for some foreign proper names, the co-occurrence of both a long monophthong or a diphthong and a geminate obstruent in a word with a syllable of Q2 is restricted (a) to genitive plural forms of some nouns and (b) to the second-person present-tense forms of monosyllabic vocalic verb stems, both of which have the suffix -te".
The original ending -y' [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] was either reduced to a monophthong -y [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] or inherited from the Akkadian plur.