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Why isn't the American r considered a vowel?

Many phonologists do consider "r" in "girl" to be a vowel, I being one. There are many reasons for people to consider it to not be a vowel. First, in "rabbit", nobody ...
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Do the qualities of a vowel determine its semivowel’s place of articulation?

Yes, fundamentally and inextricably. One of the weaknesses of the International Phonetic Alphabet is that it has entirely separate and unrelated ways of describing the articulation of consonants and ...
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Why does PIE *sneygʷʰ- ("snow") give L. nix, Gk. νίφα (acc.)?

The PIE form you cite is the accusative singular, not the nominative singular. The PIE word is *snéygʷʰs ~ *snigʷʰés. Note that as this is an athematic noun it is necessary to cite both the nominative ...
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Do the qualities of a vowel determine its semivowel’s place of articulation?

This is true by definition, although there is a terminological shift in some usages. The official IPA term for [i] is "close front unrounded vowel". Semivowels are non-syllabic "close&...
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Is ʕ̞ equivalent to the semivowel articulation of ɑ?

It is not true, Ladefoged & Maddieson do not make that claim there or anywhere else. If you found such a Wiki page you could check the history to see who made up this attribution (it's always best ...
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Swahili stress with two vowels in a row, how does it work?

In words that are stressed regularly, the stress will be on the second last orthographic vowel or on a syllabic nasal if it is the second last syllable. (Unless the morpheme is only two syllables, as ...
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