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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Anonymous 11 December at I am trying to discover whether words like pliers as pronounced in the south of England contain actual triphthongs, and the rtiphthongs playas was chosen to illustrate the apparent paradox of what seem like a pair of identical two-syllable words where at least one is claimed to possess a triphthong in English.

If my definition of triphthong holds, then a triphthong would be generated only if we apply Compression without first applying Smoothing.

Taylor Feb 8 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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Chaa 10 December at Or is this my German background showing?


Levente 10 December at The British Isles pp. This article needs additional citations for verification. But I quite like the idea of ‘polyphthongs’ for some of the Eliza Doolittle classics. Ed 11 December at Newer Post Older Post Home.

By englixh “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policy englizh, and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. Can you guys give me a list of 20 words that contain thiphtongs? Anonymous 10 December at And how could we possibly decide that? Levente 11 December at It led to corroboration of a and o.

I got somewhat used to “there you go” after I had written “therr you gaw” to a friend once, when he ironically explained an English word as originating in Hebrew. That over time the words become accepted as English with English pronunciation rules is not doubted.

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I have been mostly dragging text into it, whereupon it tends to become as uneditable as if you type straight into the box. Similarly, I would argue that part of the definition of a true triphthong must be that it constitutes a single V unit, envlish with any associated consonants just a single syllable.

A triphthong is englsih glide from one vowel to another and then to a third, all produced rapidly and without interruption. Retrieved from ” https: Those with an obvious morpheme boundary like “higher” are generally two, but others, like “hire”, are often one.


Ella 29 January at My pupils made me to cut off triphthongs from the compound vowels sail on the vowel boat model mast. I do not pretend that englishh is the only possible answer, and would like to hear what others have to say in their own answers. Clearly I can’t answer vp’s question addressed to James D: Although the stress deviates the sound is equivalent.

By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. Thursday, 10 December triphthongs, anyone? While “pure” vowels, or monophthongsare said to have one target articulator position, diphthongs have two, and triphthongs three.

The nonsense jingle was provided to make clear both the sense and the pronunciation of playa as discussed in the original post below.


It seems to move forward and then back again. Lipman, were you perhaps intending to type plurophthongs? John Wells 10 December at