Pronunciation Of Vowel “ɔ“

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Pronunciation Of Vowel “ɔ“


Understanding of Pronunciation of Vowel, Pronunciation of Consonants & Pronunciation of Diphthong is very important for being healthy in English, especially in English Speaking. Wrong pronunciation can change the meaning of a sentence or situation for which the particular word is used. Generally, beginner of any language crams Vocabulary but without clear and right pronunciation or wrong pronunciation, meaning or sense of the sentence can differ for other people. That’s why pronunciation plays a major role in language learning.

In this American English pronunciation article section, we’re going to learn how to pronounce the ɔ=aw as in the ‘law’ vowel.

This vowel sound, when pure, is quite similar to the ɑ=ah as in the father vowel.

In some areas of the United States, people don’t even make this sound.

We always use the ɑ=ah as in father sound instead. Also, when this vowel is followed by the r consonant, it changes. We’ll go over that.

First, let’s study the mouth position. To make this vowel,

  • The jaw drops and the tongue shifts back.
  • The tip of the tongue doesn’t touch anything.
  • The lips flare a bit. Ɔ=aw.
  • One technique that might help you make this sound is to think of the cheeks coming in and shifting forward just a little bit, ɔ=aw.
  • This is a way to make it different from the ɑ=ah as in father vowel,
  • Where the lips and cheeks are totally relaxed. ɑ=ah.
  • Let’s feel close and in slow motion. The jaw drops, the lips flare out a little bit, and the tongue pulls back. Ɔ=aw
  • Let’s compare with the ɑ=ah as in the father vowel, on top.
  • In ɑ=ah, the lips are relaxed.
  • In ɔ=aw, the lips flare.
  • Also, notice how the tongue pulls back in the ɔ=aw vowel.
  • In a stressed syllable, this vowel has the up-down shape of stress. Ɔ=aw. Ɔ=aw.
  • For example, in the word ‘saw=sɔ’.
  • Jaw drops, lips flare, tongue shifts back.
  • In an unstressed syllable, the voice will be lower in pitch, quieter, and flatter.
  • Unstressed syllables won’t be as long, (say quickly) ɔ=aw, ɔ=aw. Ɔ=aw, ɔ=aw.
  • The voice is unstressed in the word ‘on=[ɔn]’, a function word, on.
  • Function words are unstressed, ɔ=aw, ɔ=aw.
  • Note, this word can also be pronounced with the ɑ=ah as in the father vowel.
  • The vowel here is extremely quick, on=ɔn since it’s in an unstressed syllable.
  • The tongue tip isn’t quite forward. On=ɔn
  • The tongue is in position just an instant before the tongue flips up to make the n. [on=ɔn]
  • Let’s compare the stressed ɔ=aw in saw=sɔ, on top,

With the unstressed ɔ=aw in ‘on=n’, on the bottom.

  • You can feel the jaw drops less, the lips are more relaxed, and the tongue doesn’t shift back as much.
  • Unstressed syllables are shorter than stressed syllables,
  • So often the unstressed version of a vowel or diphthong doesn’t take the full mouth position of the stressed version.
  • This vowel can be affected by the following consonants.
  • When the ɔ=aw vowel is followed by the r=ɹ consonant,
  • The sound does change. The lips flare more, and the tongue pulls back more, and up a little bit.
  • This is because we blend the position for the r with the position for the ɔ=aw when the r follows the ɔ=aw.
  • Instead of ɔ=aw, the sound is ɔ=aw, like- core=[kɔɹ], ɔ=aw, ɔ=aw, ɔ=aw.
  • Let’s look at another word. Sore=[sɔɹ], ɔ=aw, ɔ=aw, sore, ɔ=aw, ɔ=aw.


  • Let’s compare the pure ɔ=aw with the ɔ=aw followed by r, ɔɹ, in the word ‘quarter’,
  • You can feel for the ɔ=aw followed by r, the lips round more and the jaw drops less.
  • Because of the lips, it’s hard to feel the tongue, but it pulls back and up more than in a pure ɔ=aw vowel.
  • Pure stressed ɔ=aw: sa=sɔw, ɔ=aw
  • Pure unstressed ɔ=aw: on=ɔn, ɔ=aw


  • Now ɔ=aw modified by r, aw[ɔ]+r[ɹ]:

Core=[kɔɹ], ɔ=aw, ɔ=aw.


Example words.





Login=[‘lɡ, ɪn],


Daughter=[‘dɔ dəɹ].

Hope this Article section helps you understand this sound.


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