articulation

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Articulation

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To utter this sound it could be helpful to pretend to utter an a but trying to produce an o rounding the lips a little bit. In other words, with an [ɔ], the mouth is more opened, and the tongue is more centred than with the [o]. Therefore, if you are looking for the openness of a vowel like an “a” and you move the tongue backwards as if you were about to say an [o] it will be easier to utter.

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Contrast I

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Listen and notice the difference between the underlined sounds:

  • son 'sleep' - són 'they are'
  • os 'bone' - os 'bear'
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Contrast II

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Listen and notice the difference between the underlined sounds of these words:

  • dona ‘woman’ - dona ‘he gives’
  • font ‘source, fountain’ - fon ‘it melts’
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Utter slowly the following word: això ‘this’.

Pay attention to all the sounds of the word when uttering. Repeat the exercise two or three times.

Do the same exercise with the words coll ‘throat’, rosa ‘rose’, joia ‘jewel’.

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