Definition of vowel height in US English:

vowel height


  • The degree to which the tongue is raised or lowered in the articulation of a particular vowel.

    • ‘For example, you should be aware that vowel F1 is strongly correlated with vowel height and that the removal of F1 will remove the main cue for vowel height.’
    • ‘We can estimate the overall average vowel height for a piece by averaging these values together.’
    • ‘Recognizing the continual nature of vowel height is consistent with both the phonetic and phonological facts.’