A Guide to Underhill’s Phonemic Chart for English. Part 1: The vowels.

Underhills Phonemic Chart with Examples
Underhill’s phonemic chart for English from Sound Foundations.

The TEFL Show presents a guide to Underhill’s phonemic chart for English using RP as our reference variety. Perfect for teachers and students who want to get to grips with the English vowel system.We go through each of the monophthongs and diphthongs in detail, giving example words of each and offering novel ways of remembering their phonetic value.

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9 thoughts on “A Guide to Underhill’s Phonemic Chart for English. Part 1: The vowels.

  1. You made a mistake regarding American English. They have some differing phonemes when it comes to monophthongs. The American IPA chart has a different phoneme which looks like a mirrored version of the one we use in RP for the “o” sound – they don’t use the ‘ash’ or the “a:” as you thought, with the vertical stroke on the left instead of the right. Similarly, the “er” as in “girl” and “third” as an “ur”, so that symbol is different, too,

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Shaun, and apologies for not replying earlier. Really glad you’re pointing it out. As we said in the podcast, we weren’t too sure about AmEng pronunciation, so good to know now 🙂 Is this the symbol that would be used for in AmEng: /ɑ/? As in the word ‘hot’ /hɑt/. RE the long ‘schwa’, would AmEng use this symbol: /ɝ/? At least that’s the one I always thought would be used in all rhotic accents. So ‘girl’ would be /gɝl/?

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  2. I sent the last message a little hastily. I hope it didn’t sound rude! I hope it helped. I know phonology well, but I don’t have keys here to represent the US phonemes. Cheers! – Shaun

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  3. Hi guys! You mentioned a link to youtube video with a tutor who teaches vowel pronunciation with a silent method. Would like to watch it indeed. Could you post the link, please.
    Very interesting podcast every time! Thank you!

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