Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Aschmann, Richard P. (2013), How Many Vowels are there in American English?, American English Dialects, Retrieved on 2013-05-07
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    11 MAY 2013

     How Many Vowels in the English Language?

    No, the answer is not: “Five: a, e, i, o u.” Granted, in traditional English spelling those are the vowel letters, yes, but I’m talking about our spoken language: How many significant vowel sounds are there? Well, if you consult any popular American English dictionary, and study the Pronunciation Key, there will be a long list of vowels. In the Pronunciation Key to the American Heritage Dictionary, 19 different vowel symbols are listed (not counting the ones only used in foreign words)!...
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    Not five, but considered phonetically there are 19.