The term round refers to the position of the lips when certain vowels are produced. The lips are physically rounded when these types of sounds are produced.
- Round vowels in English are [ɔ,o,u,ʊ] and the diphthong [oʊ]
- Round vowels in Gaelic are [u,u:,ũ,ũ:,o,o:,ɔ,ɔ:,ɔ̃,ɔ̃:]
Certain consonants may also be articulated with a rounded lip gesture. For example English [r] and [w] are both pronounced with lip rounding. In Gaelic labial consonants receive extra lip rounding before front vowels, when in their broad form.
- Tense in Phonetics (definition)
- Frontness (definition)
- Backness (definition)
- Height (definition)
- Sounds of Gaelic
- Vowel (definition)
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- Crystal, David. (1997) A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. The language library. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
- Ladefoged, D. (2010) A Course in Phonetics. 6th Edition. Wadsworth Publishing.