Definition of triphthong – a union of three vowels (letters or sounds) pronounced in one syllable (as in fire). English doesn’t really have triphthongs because no phonemic sequence of three vowel sounds occupies the same syllable in English. As with. There are three triphthongs that are generally agreed upon in American English: / aʊə/ (“ah-oo-uh”), /aɪə/ (“ah-ih-uh”), and /jʊə/ (“ee-oo-uh”). These always.

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Tripthhongs course it is also widely accepted that the convention of considering sequences like —iao and —uai to be true triphthongs rather than -jau or -wai etc.

Triphthong – Wikipedia

I’m not sure I would find myself arguing that “fire” is a two-syllable word in English. Ed, I think you’re wrong. Anonymous 10 December at Well of course the old man’s etymology for kimono failed to take account of the fact that the Japanese are the entire complement of the Lost Triphthonfs of Israel, Hebrew and all. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Triphthongs and smoothing – English Pronunciation

I have been mostly dragging text into it, whereupon it tends to become as uneditable as if you type straight into the box. They are bisillabic for most BBC speakers and for most British people.


Why, or why not? Would you distinguish similarly between “flower” and “flour”, which are etymologically identical? Robert Hunt 11 2.


trpihthongs Carol 14 December at But I think you are too dismissive of the claim that pairs like hire and higher the examples you gave re Cowell are even potentially distinct. A triphthong is a glide from one vowel to another and then to a third, all produced rapidly and without interruption.

Apart from the bit at the end about “Gower”, everything I said was about my intuition about my own speech, and that is that “hire” is normally one syllable with what I think of as a triphthong and “higher” is normally two.

I treat the items we are discussing as basically sequences of a strong vowel plus a weak vowel.

The existence of one-syllable forms of words like “science” and “quiet” seems to me to be parallel to the process which leads to the NEAR vowel appearing in words like “theatre” and “vehicle” which I perceive as two syllables. Does the word playa have a triphthong in it, or two diphthongs, or what? And somebody from the U. Lipman 10 December at By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and ennglish our Cookie PolicyEnglksh Policyand our Terms of Service.

These sequences are subject to triphthongw possible processes: Lazar 11 December at To add to the difficulty, there is also the problem of whether a triphthong is felt to contain one or two syllables. John Wells 11 December at And i will also need words that use the sound “j” from “garage”. That’s definitely compression tirphthongs smoothing, to the point where uncompressing and unsmoothing it would sound unnatural!


What IPA symbol would you choose as the vowel sound in “playas” then? When the spectrogram line goes nicely up and down?

And how could we possibly decide that? Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire.

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The process doesn’t seem to be regular: Although the stress deviates the sound is equivalent. To illustrate this, I chose two exact homophones by pairing the word playas with the typical southern English pronunciation of plierswhere a triphthong is alleged to occur.

Sorry, I must have been very tired: My intuition which may not be reliable: Turned into a running gag. Unless they make a difference in phonetics, I don’t see why a morpheme or word boundary should be relevant.