Schwa (Cyrillic)

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Cyrillic letter schwa
Cyrillic letter Schwa.svg
The Cyrillic script
Slavic letters
А Б В Г Ґ Д
Ђ Ѓ Е Ѐ Ё Є
Ж З Ѕ И Ѝ І
Ї Й Ј К Л Љ
М Н Њ О П Р
С Т Ћ Ќ У Ў
Ф Х Ц Ч Џ Ш
Щ Ъ Ы Ь Э Ю
Я
Non-Slavic letters
Ӑ Ӓ Ә Ӛ Ӕ Ғ
Ҕ Ӻ Ӷ Ԁ Ԃ
Ӗ Ӂ Җ Ӝ Ԅ Ҙ
Ӟ Ԑ Ӡ Ԇ Ӣ Ҋ
Ӥ Қ Ӄ Ҡ Ҟ Ҝ
Ԟ Ԛ Ӆ Ԓ Ԡ Ԉ
Ԕ Ӎ Ӊ Ң Ӈ Ҥ
Ԣ Ԋ Ӧ Ө Ӫ Ҩ
Ԥ Ҧ Ҏ Ԗ Ҫ Ԍ
Ҭ Ԏ Ӯ Ӱ Ӳ Ү
Ұ Ҳ Ӽ Ӿ Һ Ԧ
Ҵ Ҷ Ӵ Ӌ Ҹ
Ҽ Ҿ Ӹ Ҍ Ӭ Ԙ
Ԝ Ӏ
Archaic letters
Ҁ Ѻ ОУ Ѡ Ѿ Ѣ
Ѥ Ѧ Ѫ Ѩ
Ѭ Ѯ Ѱ Ѳ Ѵ Ѷ

Schwa (Ә ә; italics: Ә ә) is a letter of the Cyrillic script. It is currently used in Abkhaz, Bashkir, Dungan, Itelmen, Kalmyk, Kazakh, Kurdish and Tatar. It was also used in Azeri and Turkmen before those languages switched to the Latin alphabet. The Azeri and some other Latin-derived alphabets contain a letter of similar appearance (Ə/ə).

Usage[edit]

In Azeri (formerly), Bashkir, Kalmyk, Kazakh and Tatar, it represents the near-open front unrounded vowel /æ/, like the pronunciation of a in "cat". It is often transliterated as ä.

In Dungan, it represents the close-mid back unrounded vowel /ɤ/.

In Kurdish, it represents schwa /ə/.

In Abkhaz, it represents labialization of the preceding consonant /ʷ/. Digraphs with ә are treated as letters and given separate positions in the Abkhaz alphabet. It is transliterated into Latin as a high ring ˚.

Computing codes[edit]

Character Ә ә
Unicode name CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER SCHWA CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER SCHWA
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 1240 U+04D8 1241 U+04D9
UTF-8 211 152 D3 98 211 153 D3 99
Numeric character reference Ә Ә ә ә

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Ager, Simon. "Omniglot". Retrieved 2006.