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A vowel that has a single perceived auditory quality.
- ‘One of the most notable features evident here is the vocalist's tendency to produce monophthongs in words like ‘I’ and ‘my’ so they sound more like ahh and mahh.’
- ‘Urban Texas is also abandoning the ‘y’ sound after ‘n’, ‘d' and ‘t’, exchanging diphthongs for monophthongs.’
- ‘The monophthongs and diphthongs total 14 vowel sounds, perhaps the smallest vowel system of any long-established variety of English.’
- ‘A study of Tunisian women in Morocco showed that older women categorically use diphthongs/aw/and/aj /, while middle-aged women alternate between diphthongs and monophthongs.’
Early 17th century: from Greek monophthongos, from monos single + phthongos sound.
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