Questions about vowels in English.

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Two american vowel sounds: in far(a:) and in for(o')

I know that the vowel (a:) in far and the vowel (o') in for are pronounced differently when they are followed by r. But when they stand alone such as raw(a:) vs jaw(o'), They are the same sound to me. ...
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Words Listed by Vowel Sound

I'm working on a libretto for a vocal composition which makes use of vowel formants. It's important that all of the singers can produce exactly the same vowel sound, so I'm using IPA symbols. I'm ...