Definition of triphthong – a union of three vowels (letters or sounds) pronounced in one syllable (as in fire). English doesn’t really have triphthongs because no phonemic sequence of three vowel sounds occupies the same syllable in English. As with. There are three triphthongs that are generally agreed upon in American English: / aʊə/ (“ah-oo-uh”), /aɪə/ (“ah-ih-uh”), and /jʊə/ (“ee-oo-uh”). These always.

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Could you say a little more about how the syllable can be defined in phonetic terms? Anonymous 11 December at I don’t doubt that English phenomes are used, but loan words are usually pronounced as closely as the use of those phenomes allow. Chaa 10 December at I have a phonetic definition for “syllable” “I know it when I hear it”, and I still don’t understand how anyone who’s non-rhotic can interpret fire or h our as a single syllable.

On the other hand, hearing in my mind’s ear the two words as they would be pronounced by a native speaker of RP, I hear no difference at all apart from the initial “p”. Lazar 11 December at Lipman 11 December at While “pure” vowels, or monophthongsare said to have one target articulator position, diphthongs have two, and triphthongs three.

Sorry, I must have been very tired: The nonsense jingle was provided to make clear egnlish the sense and the pronunciation of playa as discussed in the original post below. Sign up using Facebook. Did he only do this for metrical purposes, or is there a tendency for function words to be smoothed and compressed more often than content words?


Pack instead some jambalaya.

The British Isles pp. It appears that quite a few people have misunderstood this question. Does English really have triphthongs?

OK, how about this one then: Btw I can say with complete confidence that my mother-in-law has two separate syllables in words like power.

Does English really have triphthongs?

In British Received Pronunciationtripbthongs triphthongs with R are optionally distinguished from sequences with disyllabic realizations. Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. Generic Cialis 21 September at The English word playa used here is a technical one having per the OED a primary sense of:.

Peter Roach 12 December at If liar has a triphthong, surely rtiphthongs must have one. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Turned into a running gag. Apart from the bit at the end about “Gower”, everything I said was about my intuition about my own speech, and that is that “hire” is normally one syllable with what I think of as a triphthong and “higher” is normally two.

If we where more careful in the way we speak triphthonge believe it would be easier to recognize the triphthongs that are present in the language. Martin 1, 1 6 8. Thank you for that fantastic tip. As with a diphthong, all components of a triphthong must occur in the same syllable. I’d better had clung to the true prophet JCW. Articles needing fnglish references from April All articles needing additional references All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from June Ed, I think you’re wrong.


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John Wells 11 December at Supposedly pliers has a triphthong in it there in RP. I have been trjphthongs dragging text into it, whereupon it tends to become as uneditable as if you type straight into the box.

Gayle a girls’s name and squirrel the rodent. A triphthong is a glide from one vowel to another and then to a third, all produced rapidly and without interruption.

Triphthomgs to do with phonetics. Good old-fashioned ‘there you are’ is what I have to say. I think the reason is that they don’t go “forwards and backwards” — they are smooth curves on the vowel chart, without any strong bends, so that for some of them whether they are di- or triphthongs depends on the speed of speech.

So diminuendo triphthongs were just an illusion, created by the effect of the final R. They can be rather difficult to pronounce, and very difficult to recognise. Given that, do we have triphthongs in English?

The monosyllabic pronunciation of “our s ” is extremely common, to the point where I’d consider it a word-specific case.