From Glottopedia
Revision as of 18:44, 24 July 2010 by LaurenAckerman (talk | contribs) (stylistic changes)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

In phonetics and phonology, a vowel is a speech sound in whose articulation the oral part of the breath channel is not constricted enough to cause audible frication.

Term properties

A relational adjective from vowel that is occasionally used is vocalic.


Speech sounds with audible constriction are called consonants; sounds intermediate between vowels and consonants are called semi-vowels (not "semi-consonants").


The word goes back to French voyelle, from Latin (littera) vocalis 'voice letter' (from vox 'voice').

Other languages

French voyelle German Vokal


Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics

CAT This article needs proper categorization. You can help Glottopedia by categorizing it
Please do not remove this block until the problem is fixed.