Speech Work (Vowels)


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In today’s English Language class, We will be learning about the Vowels \ ɒ \,\ɔː\ and \ ʌ \. We hope you enjoy the class!





Vowel \ ɒ \ is described as a rounded open back vowel and it is vowel no 6 in English.

Vowel \ ɔː \ is known as a rounded half-open back vowel and it is vowel no 7. It is the long counterpart of vowel no 6. Vowel \ ʌ \ is described as a short neutral half-open central vowel and it is vowel no 10. Each of these vowels is represented by different letters of the English alphabet.


Consider the following examples:

\ ɒ \

‘au’ as in laurel, because

‘ow’ as in knowledge

‘ou’ as in cough, trough

‘a’ as in want, what

‘o’ as in cot, pot


\ ɔː \

‘a’ as in talk, water

‘oar’ as in board, roar

‘au’ as in laud, caught

‘aw’ as in law, hawk

‘ou’ as in bought, fought

‘or’ as in door, north

‘our’ as in court, bourdon

‘ar’ as in warm, war



\ ʌ \

‘o’ as in brother, mother, love

‘oe’ as in does

‘ou’ as in double, tough

‘oo’ as in flood, blood

‘u’ as in just, much, but




identify the sounds represented by the underlined letter (s) in words below.

watch                         colour          daughter

sausage                   country       hot

awe                             laud              money

hoard                          wharf           floral



Standard speech: An Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology by S.A Fatusin.



Read page 145 (vowels) of Exam Focus.




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