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The eight catalan vowels



   The Catalan alphabet contains more vowels than the Spanish one, for Spanish language has got 5 vowels (a,e,i,o,u), pronounced as they are written, but Catalan language has open and closed vowels from "e" and "o", and also a neuter vowel similar to a soft "a"
 
   So, the eight Catalan vowels are:
 
               À (always open)   È (opened)    É (closed)    Í (always closed), Ò (opened) , Ó (closed) and Ú, always closed. Thus, comes the "@", a neuter "a".
 
           Listen to some examples of the Catalan sounds:
 
           À     from Casa. the first´s got the stress, so it is opened. All others "a" without stress in their syllabe are closed, "@"
 
    So, here is the vowel Catalan system represented by a threesquared diagram, which represents the grade of openess and closseness of a vowel.
 
 
                                                 À          ------------------> Openness
 
                                                         È                     É
 
                                                               Ò           Ó       "@" (neuter)
                                                                                               
                                                                         Í
 
                                                Ú         -------------------> Closeness
 
 
 
 







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