Open-mid central rounded vowel

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Open-mid central rounded vowel
ɞ
ɔ̈
IPA number 395
Encoding
Entity (decimal) ɞ
Unicode (hex) U+025E
X-SAMPA 3\
Kirshenbaum O"
Braille ⠦ (braille pattern dots-236) ⠜ (braille pattern dots-345)
Sound

The open-mid central rounded vowel, or low-mid central rounded vowel, is a vowel sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ɞ, and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is 3\. The symbol is called closed reversed epsilon. It was added to the IPA in 1993; before that, this vowel was transcribed ɔ̈.

The IPA prefers terms "close" and "open" for vowels, and the name of the article follows this. However, a large number of linguists, perhaps a majority, prefer the terms "high" and "low".

Due to either typographic or design error, IPA charts were published with this vowel transcribed as a closed epsilon, ʚ, and this graphic variant made its way into Unicode as U+029A ʚ latin small letter closed open e. The form ɞ (U+025E ɞ latin small letter closed reversed open e) is considered correct.

Features[edit]

IPA vowel chart
Front Near-​front Central Near-​back Back
Close
Blank vowel trapezoid.svg
iy
ɨʉ
ɯu
ɪʏ
eø
ɘɵ
ɤo
ɛœ
ɜɞ
ʌɔ
æ
aɶ
ɑɒ
Near-close
Close-mid
Mid
Open-mid
Near-open
Open
Paired vowels are: unrounded • rounded
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Occurrence[edit]

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
English Irish[1] but [bɞt] 'but' Corresponds to [ʌ] in other varieties. See English phonology
German Standard[2] Parfum [pʰäʁˈfɞ̃ː] 'perfume' Nasalized, somewhat fronted and lowered.[2] Most often transcribed /œ̃(ː)/. Present only in loanwords. See German phonology
Icelandic[3][4][5] þö [θ̠ɞ] 'however' Most often transcribed /œ/. Often diphthongized to [ɵɞ] when long. See Icelandic phonology
Irish tomhail [tɞ̜ːlʲ] 'consume' (imp.) See Irish phonology
Kashubian ptôch [ptɞx] 'bird'
Navajo[6] tsosts’id [tsʰɞstsʼɪt] 'seven' See Navajo phonology
Norwegian Stavanger[7] topp [tɞp] 'top' Corresponds to [ɒ̝̈] in Standard Eastern Norwegian. See Norwegian phonology
Somali keenaysaa [keːnɞjsɑː] 'she brings' See Somali phonology
Poitevin o doune [ɞ dun] 'he gives'

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Wells (1982:422)
  2. ^ a b Mangold (2005:37)
  3. ^ Einarsson (1945:10), cited in Gussmann (2011:73)
  4. ^ Haugen (1958:65)
  5. ^ "Icelandic Phonetic Transcription.PDF - ptg_ice.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  6. ^ McDonough, Ladefoged & George (1993). Note that the authors gave a narrow transcription of [ɵ], though at the time the IPA had only this one symbol for a mid central rounded vowel, and it is clear from the discussion and formant charts that this vowel a centralized open mid vowel.
  7. ^ Vanvik (1979:17)

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