Vowels Australian Pronunciation

Australian English is a non-rhotic variety of English spoken by most native-born Australians. Phonologically, it is one of the most regionally homogeneous language varieties in the world. As with most dialects of English, it is distinguished primarily by its vowel phonology. Australian English is stress-timed.

Full vowels:

Monophthongs Short Long
Front Central Back Front Central Back
Close
 
 
Mid
 
Open
 
 

  • //: bid
  • //: good
  • /e/: bed
  • //: pot
  • //: bat
  • //: bud
  • //: bead
  • //: booed
  • //: bared
  • /ː/: bird
  • //: bought, board
  • //: bad
  • //: father, bard

Diphthongs Closing Centring
to unrounded to rounded
Starting close
 
 
  
Starting mid
 
Starting open
  
 

  • //: boy
  • //: toe
  • //: bay
  • //: buy
  • //: cow
  • //: beer
  • //: tour (falling out of use in Australian English; often replaced by disyllabic // or monophthongal //)


Reduced vowels
  • //: roses, Rosa’s, runner
  • /l/: bottle
  • /n/: button
  • /m/: rhythm


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