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Pronouncing a vowel more quickly than normal, without changing its sound quality, as in the pronunciation of the vowel in the word rice compared with the same vowel in the word rise. In English, a vowel is clipped when followed by a fortis consonant rather than a lenis consonant within the same syllable, and this phenomenon is called pre-fortis clipping: compare beat/bead, loose/lose, rate/raid.

Subjects: Psychology.

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