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The Structure And Use Of The Vocal Organs, And The Means Of Securing Distinct Articulation.

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42                                   THE VOWEL SOUNDS.
56.  Phonetic Signs.—The phonetic signs given to the chief vowel sounds are as follows:—
00 as in Noon—phonetic sign u: (the colon after the vowel signifies that it is long). Its subordinate 00 as in nook—phonetic sign v.
OH as in No—phonetic sign o: In speech OH is a diphthong ohoo, but in song it is given the Northern pro­nunciation of oh as in boat. Its subordinate is said to be the sound heard in the word Nut—phonetic sign A.
AW as in Naught—phonetic sign o: Its subordinate 0 as in Not—phonetic sign o.
AH as in Ah—phonetic sign a: Its subordinate A as in Gnat — phonetic sign ae. Phoneticians introduce another sound and sign a, which represents the Northern pronunciation of the word, fat; it is the sound heard in the French word " Chat," as distinguished from the sound of the Persian title " Shah " (which gives the sound of a :).
AY as in Nay—phonetic sign e: In speech a diph­thong CI, in song a sound as in the word nay. Its sub­ordinate E as in Net—phonetic sign e.
EE as in Knee—phonetic sign i: Its subordinate I as in Knit—phonetic sign I.
ER as in Her—phonetic sign a:
57.  Narrowing of Vowel Sounds.—It will be noticed that of these sounds the signs u, o, and i represent so-called long and short sounds and the dots are added to show the difference; the other sounds possess different signs for their subordinates. A very common fault noticeable in speech is that of narrowing the vowel sounds, and consequently losing tone by making the open­ing for the breath too small, it sounds often as if the sub­ordinates were substituted for the more important sounds,