Sie sind auf Seite 1von 1

HomeworkHelp(/homeworkhelp)>GuidetoLiteraryTerms(/homeworkhelp/topic/literaryterms)

like3dislike0
2Answers|AddYours(/jax/index.php/users/register?
eventHandler=educatorapply&redirect=%2Fhomeworkhelp%2Fwhatdifferencebetweenvowels
diphthongs113759%23answerarea)

pohnpei397(/people/pohnpei397)|CollegeTeacher|(Level3)DistinguishedEducator
PostedonNovember7,2009at8:11AM(/homeworkhelp/whatdifferencebetweenvowelsdiphthongs113759#answer132637)

Theword"diphthong"comesfromGreekwordsmeaning"twosounds."Thatprettymuchtellsyouthe
differencebetweendiphthongsandvowels.
Purevowelshavejustonesound.Whensuchavowelisspoken,thetongueremainsstill.
Bycontrast,diphthongshavetwosoundsandthetonguemustmovewhilemovingfromonesoundtotheother.
Adiphthongstartswithonevowelsoundandthenglidestotheother.Manydiphthongsaremadewithtwo
letters(like"look"and"coin")butotherscanhaveonlyoneletter(like"ride"and"fine").

krishnaagrawala(/people/krishnaagrawala)|CollegeTeacher|(Level3)Valedictorian
PostedonNovember7,2009at10:31AM(/homeworkhelp/whatdifferencebetweenvowelsdiphthongs113759#answer132657)

Vowelisasinglesoundofaparticulartypeitisanopensoundwhichismadewithfreepassageofbreath.For
examplethesoundof"ah...'adoctorasksyoutomakewhenexaminingyourthroat.Articulationofavowelis
notaccompaniedbyanyclosureornarrowinginthespeechtractwhichwouldpreventtheescapeoftheair
streamthroughthemouth.
InEnglishlanguagesoundsofvowelsarerepresentedbythelettersa,e,i,o,u,andsometimeswandy.Sound
ofvowelsisdistinguishedfromthatofconsonants,whicharemadebyorgansofspeechmoreorlessclosed.
Onceweunderstandwhatisavowel,adiphthongcansimplybedefinedissoundproducedbypronouncingtwo
vowelsasasinglesyllable.Adiphthonghasastartingpointasonevowelandthetongueglidesinthedirection
ofthesecondvowel.Thechangeinsoundrequiredfordiphthongcanalsobeachievedbychangeinshapeof
lips.Anexampleofdiphthongisthewordkite,wherethesyllableaftertheletterkstartswithsoundofaasin
far,andthenchangesinsoundofeasinbe.Thecombinationofletterseiinthewordheightproducesimilar
sound.Thelettersouinthewordsoundrepresentdiphthongwithadifferentsound.
InEnglishlanguagepresenceoftwolettersrepresentingvowelsgenerallyspelladiphthong.Butthereare
exceptiontothisrule.Forexamplethe"oo"inspellingofbookand"ai"inspellingofpaidrepresentssingles
soundsthatdonotrequirechangeinpositionoftongueorlipsinbetweenpronunciationofthesesounds.Vowels
likethesearesometimecalledlongvowels.Forexamplethewordmatispronouncedwithashortvowel,and
thewordmateusesthelongversionofthesamevowel.Insomewordsasingleletterrepresentingvowelsis
usedtospelladiphthongforexample,theletteriinthewordlight.
Weveanswered322,961questions.Wecanansweryours,too.
Askaquestion(/homeworkhelp/ask)