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BEYONCE AUDIO SAMPLE
Oral posture refers to a dialect or accent's "home base" in terms of articulatory settings - specifically the jaw, the lips, the tongue, the cheeks, and the velum (soft palate).
BEYONCE'S ORAL POSTURE:
fairly closed but mobile jaw
For each sound, I’ve included audio examples and practice phrases. Unless otherwise indicated, practice phrases are excerpted from Lexical Sets for Actors by Eric Armstrong under a creative commons license.
Words that sound like PRICE --> [ aː ]
This is an open, single vowel sound with a bit of length.
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Words that sound like FACE --> [ eə ]
The second vowel in this diphthong is placed in the center of the vocal tract. There is also a slight twang to this diphthong.
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Words that sound like GOOSE --> [ ʉ ]
This vowel is high, centralized, and rounded.
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Words that are spelled with -EN or -EM tend to shift to -IN or -IM in Beyonce's dialect.
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