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I agree, and I always recommend authoritative samples. The IPA has a page with acknowledged masters of IPA standards – John Esling, John Wells, Jill House and Peter Ladefoged, and you should use those as reference values. This seems to be a feature of many of that person's performances, not a definitional or intrinsic property of the vowels themselves.


Assuming that the data is correct and there's indeed good basis to say that /i, u/ don't become nasalised, then in the IPA vowel space what distinguishes these two vowels from all the rest is that they're high/close as opposed to mid or low/open. In generative / autosegmental phonology this is encoded as the vowel feature [+high]. In particle phonology, ...

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