In the English language there are 5 different triphthongs.
When diphthongs are composed with one more vowel, the result is the formation of triphthongs. The vowel sound added is schwa (/ə/).
Below you can read the phonetic transcription of triphthongs:
- eɪ + ə
- ɑɪ + ə
- ɔi + ə
- əʊ + ə
- ɑʊ + ə
- eɪ + ə:
layer, mayor, player;
- ɑɪ + ə:
admire, fire, hire;
- ɔi + ə:
lawyer, royal, soya;
- əʊ + ə:
lower, slower, mower;
- ɑʊ + ə:
power, tower, hour.
Triphthongs are three vowel sounds that occur consecutively and can be separated in different syllables.
As we are talking about sounds, the addition of /ə/ is only on speech, as there is no form to put across the sound in a written word. The words with triphthongs have a consonant written somewhere in the clustering.
External link to Triphthongs exercises (1206).
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