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Odd Sound Out

In each of the following groups of four sounds, find one member of the group that does not share a feature of sound shared by the other three. Encircle the "odd sound out" and name the feature it does NOT share. For some groups there is more than one possible answer; give as many answers as you can find that are valid. Use either traditional articulatory features such as "labial" or "alveolar" or those used in modern feature systems such as "coronal," "anterior," "strident," etc.


[Note: so that this web site can be accessed by a variety of browsers, we make the following substitutions for phonetic symbols: I for "small capital i," E for "schwa," eh for "open e," U for "small capital u," uh for "caret," O for "open o," ah for "manuscript a," th for "theta," N for "engma," ch for "wedge c," zh for "wedge z," and J for "wedge j." The following are in the ANSI character set and may not need to be substituted for with some browsers: , , š, , , . We will, however, use the following alternates here (respectively): ae, TH, S, n~, u", o".]

Example: [ f TH d zh ]

In this example group, d could be encircled with the notation that it is "not a fricative" and f could be encircled with the notation that it is "not voiced."

The exercise. Now, find the odd sounds out in each of the following ten groups of four.

[ b z d g ]

[ g N k t ]

[ i ae
U eh ]

[ f v d m ]

[ e i
I u ]
[ z d ch s ]

[ d t n g ]

[ p b d g ]

[ th z f sh ]

[ ah a ae uh ]

In addition, design two groups of your own and provide answers to them.

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