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The vibration of the vocal folds causes the air inside the vocal tract to vibrate. If the vibration is strong enough, it produces an audible sound, like the ringing of a bell. Different vocal tract shapes (which we control by moving the active articulators) produce different patterns of vibration, which we hear as different sounds (more on this below). It is possible to produce voiceless sonorants, by moving a large volume of air through the open vocal tract. qxd 1/10/06 5:21 PM Page 20 pinnacle Raj01:Desktop Folder:CUUK414-fasold-sushil: 20 The sounds of language Burmese use voiceless nasals.
By definition, vowels have an open vocal tract, so the tongue doesn’t actually touch the upper surface of the vocal tract at any particular place and the term place of articulation isn’t really appropriate. Instead, different vowels are described in terms of the ways in which the tongue body and lips move. Linguists classify vowels by the height of the tongue body, whether it is bunched toward the front or back of the mouth, and whether the lips are rounded. If describing vowel systems in general is a difficult task, describing the vowels of English is even more so.
Two other English vowels are used only in short, unstressed syllables. ) The mid-central vowel [´], called schwa, is heard in the first syllable of about and the second syllable of rosa’s. The high, central [ˆ] occurs in the second syllable of roses. As mentioned above, in English, all the nonlow back vowels are round, and all the low vowels and front vowels are unround. Combining lip and tongue position in this way makes it easier for the ear to distinguish the different vowel sounds. Any language that has at least three vowels will have front vowels that are unround and back vowels that are round.