Süäüüelläi (alcarilinque) wrote in linguaphiles,

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Hungarian Vowels

I've been listening to a ton of Hungarian hits from the 30s to the 60s, so I've had a good chance to listen to sung Hungarian, but not much else. I'm aware of what the Hungarian vowel inventory is supposed to be on paper, however I'm hearing some things with the vowel <é> that are particularly interesting, and I'm curious if anyone knows if this is more a result of sung Hungarian, or what the variation on this vowel is.

Sometimes <é> ends up sounding much much higher, like [i:] (similar to Hungarian: <í>), and even at times (or from some singers) it sounds like something more central, like [ɨ:] (kind of like Russian: <ы>). The reason I am careful to point out that my only input is from song is because I've heard some singers in English produce something that sounds like [ɨ] for /i/. I'm not looking for comments on singing best practices of course; but if it relates, please tell me. :)

For some Hungarians are <é> and <í> exactly the same, or is this a result of singing?
Tags: hungarian, phonetics

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