Open vowel

Open vowel

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{{unreferenced|date=April 2008}} {{IPA chart vowels}} An '''open vowel''' is defined as a [[vowel]] sound in which the tongue is positioned as far as possible from the roof of the mouth. Open vowels are sometimes also called '''low vowels''' in reference to the low position of the tongue. The open vowels identified in the [[International Phonetic Alphabet]] are: * [[open front unrounded vowel]] {{IPA|[a]}} * [[open front rounded vowel]] {{IPA|[ɶ]}} * [[open central unrounded vowel]] {{IPA|[ä]}} * [[open back unrounded vowel]] {{IPA|[ɑ]}} * [[open back rounded vowel]] {{IPA|[ɒ]}} In the context of the [[phonology]] of any particular language, a ''low vowel'' can be any vowel that is more open than a [[mid vowel]]. That is, [[open-mid vowel]]s, [[near-open vowel]]s, and open vowels can all be considered low vowels. Open vowels are used in nearly all spoken [[language]]s (one exception is [[Arapaho language|Arapaho]]).