Sunday, September 29, 2013

You Do The Math - Vowels in the English Language

How many vowel sounds are in the English language?   Five, sometimes six?   Wrong, it's over a dozen.

1    cat         lack       tack
2    kit          lick        tic
3    Kate      lake       take
4    keet       leek       teak
5    kite        like        tyke
6    cot         lock       tock
7    caught    loch        talk  (is loch Scottish or English?)
8    cut          luck       tuck
9    coat                     toke
10  coot         Luke     tuke  (Canadian English)
11   curt         lurk      Turk
12   cult
13                 look      took

Bonus points for anyone that can refresh my college memory and tell me which symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) are used here, such as [krt] is the spelling for "curt".  Did you know that there's no "u" in curt?

This being my shortest blog ever, it's very curt.

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