Definition of triphthong – a union of three vowels (letters or sounds) pronounced in one syllable (as in fire). English doesn’t really have triphthongs because no phonemic sequence of three vowel sounds occupies the same syllable in English. As with. There are three triphthongs that are generally agreed upon in American English: / aʊə/ (“ah-oo-uh”), /aɪə/ (“ah-ih-uh”), and /jʊə/ (“ee-oo-uh”). These always.

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Oh I did so hope it was, but sadly it seems it’s not in any dictionary!

Smoothing means the loss of the second part of the strong vowel diphthong. Does the word playa have a triphthong in it, or two diphthongs, or what?


The trouble with English triphthongs is that they not only comprise two or more phonemes, they can also span morpheme boundaries e. By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.


As such these words would rhyme with “lass”, “pass”, “grass”.

So, I really doubt the “indistinguishable” part. I do over-specify my pronouncements, but to triphtgongs one long story short, I meant that they are potentially two. Jones, on the other hand, argues in paragraphs of his Outline of English Phonetics ,that although “The Triphtongs word [wires], usually transcribed [“wai z], is often ponounced in a manner indistinguishable from the French word [Oise wa: OK, how about this one then: It’s always hard for me to keep up with all this British pronunciation.

phonetics – Does English really have triphthongs? – English Language & Usage Stack Exchange

Some authors describe the English vowel system as including not only diphthongs but also triphthongs. Post as a guest Name. Why, or why not? I quite agree with Prof. No, it wasn’t a reaction to what you englsh.

Given that, do we have triphthongs in English? I waited ten hours for other answers to appear, then presented my own findings. Regarding English triphthongs two examples immediately occur to me: Newer Post Older Post Home. Although playa derives from the Spanish word triphthonhs beach, it does not usually mean that in English.

Levente 10 December at Which means that the RP pronunciation of pliers also needs to have two syllables and no triphthong, despite some sources saying otherwise. John Atkinson 11 December at Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.


I will really appreciate it. Sign up using Facebook. That over time the words become accepted as English with English pronunciation rules is not doubted. I first verified with native speakers of southern English that they indeed say these two words identically.

John Wells’s phonetic blog: triphthongs, anyone?

These sequences are subject to two possible processes: Unless they make a difference in phonetics, I don’t see why a morpheme or word boundary should be relevant. Lipman 11 December at A flat silt- or sand-covered area, free of vegetation and usu.

The are homophones for me, at least. It appears that quite a few people have misunderstood this question.

For instance, the dual pronuviation of “garage”.