short a/short o/aw sound
The short a, short o, and aw sound are all pronounced with the tongue kept generally low in the mouth.
Compare the short a and short o sounds
short a/short o illustration
The short a sound is pronounced with a slightly lowered jaw. The body of the tongue is pressed forward and the front of tongue is low and pressed lightly into the bottom front teeth. The lips are relaxed. To transition into the short o sound, the jaw opens and the body of the tongue moves back and drops low into the bottom teeth. The lips are more rounded than for the short a sound, but still relaxed.
Compare the short o and aw sound
short o/aw sound illustration
From the short o sound, with the body of the tongue low and the jaw open, the transition into the aw sound can be complex. The jaw closes about halfway from the short o position, and the back of the tongue rounds slightly upward. The lips are made into an oval shape, and may push outward.
Compare short a, short o, and aw sound
short a/short o/aw sound illustration
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