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open back unrounded vowel

Adopter-Adresser-Affirmer

 /ɑdɔpte/-/ɑdrese/-/ɑfirme/     IPA


This sound occurs in initial-word position only



Speaker is JM from St. James Parish, Louisiana

Open Front Unrounded Vowel

La-Bayou-Volaille

 /la/-/baju/-/volaj/     IPA


This sound occurs in all positions except initial-word position



Speaker is JM from St. James Parish, Louisiana

near-open front unrounded vowel

Mère-Père-Faire

 /mær/-/pær/-/fær/     IPA


This sound occurs when the sound /ɛ/ precedes the letter R



Speaker is JM from St. James Parish, Louisiana

Open-mid back rounded vowel

Homme-Cornichon-Poche

 /ɔm/-/kɔrniʃɔ̃/-/pɔʃ/     IPA


This sound occurs in closed syllables only



Speaker is JM from St. James Parish, Louisiana

Close-mid back rounded vowel

Veau-Location-Pochée

 /vo/-/locasjɔ̃/-/poʃe/     IPA


This sound occurs in open syllables only



Speaker is JM from St. James Parish, Louisiana

Open-mid front unrounded vowel

Maîtresse-Femelle-Section

 /metrɛs/-/fømɛl/-/sɛksjɔ̃/     IPA


This sound occurs in closed syllables only



Speaker is JM from St. James Parish, Louisiana

Close-mid front unrounded vowel

Prêcher-Valser-Piquet

 /preʃe/-/valse/-/pike/    IPA


This sound occurs in open syllables only



Speaker is JM from St. James Parish, Louisiana

open-mid front rounded vowel

Jeunes-Soeur-Pirogueur

 /ʒœn/-/sœr/-/pirogœr/    IPA


This sound occurs in closed syllables only



Speaker is JM from St. James Parish, Louisiana

Close-mid front rounded vowel

Jeunesse-Europe-Jeudi

 /ʒønɛs/-/ørɔp/-/ʒødi/    IPA


This sound occurs in open syllables only



Speaker is JM from St. James Parish, Louisiana

mid central rounded vowel

Le-De-Demander

 /lø/-/dø/-/dømãde/     IPA


This sound occurs in unstressed-open syllables 

Despite its classification, it sounds the same as the close-mid front rounded vowel /ø/



Speaker is JM from St. James Parish, Louisiana 

Close front unrounded vowel

Cyprière-Fille-Cousine

 /siprijær/-/fij/-/kuzin/     IPA


This sound occurs in all positions



Speaker is JM from St. James Parish, Louisiana

Close front rounded vowel

Musicien-Tu-Dur

 /myzisjɛ̃/-/ty/-/dyr/    IPA


This sound occurs in all positions



Speaker is JM from St. James Parish, Louisiana

Close back rounded vowel

Bayou-Loup-Gourmer

 /baju/-/lu/-/gurme/     IPA


This sound occurs in all positions



Speaker is JM from St. James Parish, Louisiana