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).
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 〈˚〉.
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