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What is an ambiguous vowel sequence?



An ambiguous vowel sequence is a phonetic string (segment or sequence) that may be interpreted as a

  • diphthong
  • two separate vowels, or
  • a vowel and a consonant.

Here are some kinds of ambiguous vowels sequences with an example of each:


Ambiguous vowel sequence


Vocalic sequence in which one member is close


Complex vowel


Modified vowels
  • Nasalized
  • Retroflexed
  • Breathy
  • Laryngealized (creaky)
  • [e)]
  • [eÕ]
  • [e-]
  • [e0]

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