I have shown also, that the sounds of all the other vowels, and of the consonant semivowels, may be prolonged to what degree we please; but at the same time it is to be observed, that all these may also be reduced to a short quantity, and are capable of being uttered in as short a space of time as those which are naturally short.
Vowel, defined --Vowels named --W and Y, when vowels; comp.
A. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z. Q. Which of these are called Vowels?"--Fowle's Common School Gram.,
What sounds have each of the vowels?"--Griscom's Questions. "
Vowels.--If there were but one vowel in a syllable, Spanish syllabification would be easy; but sometimes two or more vowels are found either between consonants, or at the beginning or at the end of a word.
Vowels with breve marks are rendered with tildes (~) before the vowels.--KTH.
His examples imply, that, like Walker, he had "no conception of quantity arising from any thing but the nature of the vowels,"--no conception of a long or a short syllable without what is called a long or a short vowel sound.
Aristotle, three hundred and thirty years before Christ, divided the Greek letters into vowels, semivowels, and mutes, and declared that no syllable could be formed without a vowel.
N. respecting Self-naming letters Semicolon, point --for what purpose used --from what takes its name --when adopted in England --is useful and necessary, though discarded by some late grammarians --Rules for the use of Semivowel, defined --Semivowels named; nature of w and y; sound of certain, as aspirates Sense and construc.
Four of the semivowels,--l, m, n, and r,--are termed liquids, on account of the fluency of their sounds; and four others,--v, w, y, and z,--are likewise more vocal than the aspirates.