I once have read about research, where were used records of vowels cut to the same length. Native speakers were able to make distinction between "long" and "short" vowels even in that case. So distinction is not only in length.Sophie wrote:Hi. I thought I'd start a thread to ask questions about Lithuanian that I have.
First question. I've been listening to the sound files of common Lithuanian phrases on the Omniglot page and I notice a difference in quality between the short i and the long i. When it's long, it's pronounced /iː/ – which is a close front vowel. But the short i, I notice, is pronounced more like /ɪ/, which would be a near-close near-front vowel.
Am I correct?
I notice a difference in quality between the short i and the long i
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