backness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

back and -ness.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

backness (usually uncountable, plural backnesses)

  1. (phonetics) Quality of being a back vowel.
    Andrew Spencer (1996), Phonology: theory and description, p. 25 :
    The most important aspects of vowel quality are tongue height, frontness/backness and lip rounding.

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