Falling diphthong

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A falling diphthong is a diphthong whose first part is more sonorous, so that the stress is on their first part.

  • "Those [diphthongs] in which the stress is strongest at or near the beginning are called falling diphthongs. (The stress falls.)" (Gleason 1955:203)


[au], [ei], [ou]


Gleason, H. Allan. 1955. An introduction to descriptive linguistics. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

Other languages

German fallender Diphthong