cardinal vowel

noun

Definition of cardinal vowel

: one of a series of 16 invariable vowel sounds set up as a standard for describing the quality of the vowels of any language or speaker

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“Cardinal vowel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cardinal%20vowel. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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