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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Does English really have triphthongs?

For them CVVC would be a word like chaosdisyllabic. Which means that the RP pronunciation of pliers also needs to have two syllables and no triphthong, despite some sources saying otherwise. Look up triphthong in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

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One final amusing aside: Northern Bavarian has the following triphthongs: As with a diphthong, all components of a triphthong must occur in the same syllable.

They can be rather difficult to pronounce, and very difficult to recognise. A flat silt- or sand-covered area, free of vegetation and usu. See if you don’t think what I say there is a valid argument for ‘brier’ being a false analogy. John Wells 10 December at When English borrows words from any source, an attempt is made to retain their pronuciation.

Levente 10 December at Supposedly pliers has a triphthong in it there tripthongs RP. Peter Roach English Phonetics and Phonology, 4th ed. Lipman 10 December at English definitely has no triphthongs. And triohthongs claim is that we do not commonly do that. Both of these processes are optional or stylistically determined.

Chaa 10 December at As it is a Spanish word, Spanish phonetical rules should apply, and the semi-vowel, yot j would separate the “ai” dipthong from the final “a”.

The English enblish playa used here is a technical one having per the OED a primary sense of: In British Received Pronunciationmonosyllabic triphthongs with R are optionally distinguished from sequences with disyllabic realizations. I don’t doubt that English phenomes are used, but loan words are usually pronounced as closely as the use of those phenomes allow.


The Northern Bavarian triphthongs have evolved from combinations of former long vowels or diphthongs from the Middle High German MHG period and vocalized r. A triphthong is a glide from one vowel to another and then to a third, all produced rapidly and without interruption. I treat the items we are discussing as basically sequences of a strong vowel plus a weak vowel.

Peter Roach 12 December at I waited ten hours for other answers to appear, then presented my own findings. As such these words would rhyme with “lass”, “pass”, “grass”. Humbly Valdas Banaitis from Lithuania. Lazar 11 December at So I agree with you, after all.

British English pronunciation: Triphthongs

Sorry, I must have been very trophthongs Here in Australia, the first set in particular is generally pronounced as a distinct two syllables by some speakers [ni:. I can’t go along with Lipman’s ‘there you go’, Brotwart.

They are bisillabic for most BBC speakers and for most British people.