In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- The diphthongs ayyy and eeee turn up again and again, long vowels lengthened by slow consonants around them.
- Density is thus largely a function of word stock and reflects at this stage in Coolidge's work an affinity for monosyllabic words, particularly those that couple long vowels or diphthongs with consonant blends.
- Similarly, a study of Tunisian women in Morocco showed that older women categorically use diphthongs /aw/and/aj /, while middle-aged women alternate between diphthongs and monophthongs.
- Most Modern English vowels are diphthongs, so obeying the ‘one sound, one letter’ rule demands either pairing of vowel letters or replacing all our current vowel sounds with the fewer pure sounds, as in Italian and Spanish.
- Like U.S. Spanish, early Spanish exhibited a strong tendency to form diphthongs from contiguous vowels.
- The diphthongs au and ai are pronounced like those in ‘cow’ and ‘sky,’ respectively.
- This was adopted into English and subjected to the normal sound-changes of the late medieval and early modern period: the final - e ceased to be pronounced and the long i became a diphthong.
- Pupils were asked to read a range of sentences and words, but what we were looking at was the merger of the diphthongs in the words near and square.
- All Australian accents are regional, and the elongated diphthong, particularly the ‘ooo’, is the immediate giveaway for New South Welshpersons.
- In most contemporary dialects, it's a diphthong with a high front off-glide, so you might take it as mixed on the hot-or-not dimension, but ‘a front vowel sound’ it is definitely not.
- The language has a musical quality and employs a great number of diphthongs and other vowel combinations.
- People in that part of Bolivia have a lot of Quechua and Aymara words in their vocabulary, and ones with final falling-sonority diphthongs are pretty typical.
- For these speakers, the diphthong in fife starts out near the vowel of bud, and ends near the vowel of bade; while the diphthong in five starts near the vowel of hod, and ends nears the vowel of hed.
- Few novice teachers addressed vowel r words, more difficult vowel team words such as those with diphthongs having more than one sound, or two-syllable words.
- The formation of diphthongs from contiguous vowels represents a common prohibition in languages against starting a syllable with a vowel, as opposed to a consonant.
- Our role model was our head teacher, Miss Osborne, known as the High Mistress, who flapped about the place in her gown and lapsed into classical Greek pronunciation whenever she used a diphthong.
English has borrowed many of the following foreign expressions of parting, so you’ve probably encountered some of these ways to say goodbye in other languages.
Many words formed by the addition of the suffix –ster are now obsolete - which ones are due a resurgence?
As their breed names often attest, dogs are a truly international bunch. Let’s take a look at 12 different dog breed names and their backstories.