Questions tagged [frontness-backness]

One of the three main dimensions of vowels, reflecting the position of the tongue relative to the front or back of the mouth. The other dimensions are roundness and vowel height.

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Is a tracheal consonant possible?

I was thinking about whether a tracheal consonant is possible or not. This is a sound through the windpipe. If this type of sound is indeed possible, can we make this sound easily? Someone else came ...
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Sounds between [x] and [h]?

I am curious about in between sounds. I mean in between as in being made in different regions of the mouth. For example, [f] is between [ɸ] and [θ]. So, I want to know what sounds are between [x] and [...
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Pronouncing h as /x/? [closed]

I am curious about phonics and wonder if pronouncing the /h/ sound as /x/ would be distinguishable. This is basically turning a k into a fricative, and this is basically h fronting.
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Why Do Singers Prefer Back Vowel Non-Lexical Vocables?

Singers more often sing "oohs" than they do "eehs". Why is that? It's exemplified in this article: https://qz.com/767812/millennial-whoop/ . I've listened to a fair amount of 50's, 60's, and 70's ...
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How to determine one's own native vowel phone repertoire?

I'm an armchair linguist. By this I mean it's been an absorbing hobby for decades by reading books and online and playing with many languages. But I've never taken any course or other kind of formal ...
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When a vowel is nasalized does it effect on how open/close + front/back it would be?

I'm trying to generalize what environments a certain set of phonemes occur, but I'm not sure if nasalization would affect where the vowel would be on the IPA vowel chart. I think my analysis of the ...
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What languages have a three-way vowel distinction with backness?

I am learning a Tigrinya for the last couple of months, and find it difficult to grasp and produce the central vowels of the language (see picture). I want to know if there are other languages which ...