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I am not sure how to ask this question. I know that the length of the "i" in the two words are different (pre-fortis clipping?), but how much different are they?
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Based on self-analysis, I'd say between two and three times as long.
Thanks, Avangi. Besides the length, is there any difference in how you pronounce the diphthong?
rise - / raiz /
rice - / rais /
I mean, when we pronounce a diphthong, the shape of the mouth changes: in this case from "a" to "i". I think "a" is at the back and "i" is at the front. Is it just that the transition from "a" to "i" is much quicker in / rais / ?
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When I pronounce them, it's clearly the "ah" portion of the diphthong that suffers the loss. I'd say the anticipation of the quicker change in "rice" prevents me from lowering my tongue to the "full" "ah" position.
Thank you very much for the clear explanation. So, you open your mouth wider in "rise" than in "rice", right?
Yes. Both my jaw and my tongue drop a bit more.
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I see. Thank you very much.

"Rice" has a "s" sound at the end which is unvoiced while "rise" has a "z" sound which is voiced.

anonymous

"Rice" has a "s" sound at the end which is unvoiced while "rise" has a "z" sound which is voiced.

Yes, but the question was about the vowel. Besides, the question was asked and answered many years ago, and the original poster hasn't been active on the forum for more than six years. Emotion: sad

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