# [+/- high]

Definition

Vowels that are distinguished as [+high] are those that articulated with the tongue body raised from neutral position. The natural class of [+high] vowels includes [i, u, ʊ, i, y]; all other vowels are [-high].

The [high] feature can also be used when distinguishing between [+high] versus [-high] palatal and uvular consonants (Zsiga, 2013, p. 268)

Examples

• Hul’q’umi’num’
• The following vowels that are enclosed in blue are those that can be described as [+high], in terms of tongue height.
• Skwxwú7mesh
• The following vowels that are enclosed in blue are those that can be described as [+high], in terms of tongue height.
• Secwepemctsín
• The following vowels that are enclosed in blue are those that can be described as [+high], in terms of tongue height.