Mid front rounded vowel

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Mid front rounded vowel
IPA number 310 430
Entity (decimal) ø​̞
Unicode (hex) U+00F8 U+031E
Braille ⠳ (braille pattern dots-1256) ⠠ (braille pattern dots-6) ⠣ (braille pattern dots-126)

The mid front rounded vowel is a type of vowel sound, used in some spoken languages.

While there is no dedicated symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents the "exact" mid front rounded vowel between close-mid [ø] and open-mid [œ] (since no language is known to distinguish all three), ø is generally used. If precision is desired, diacritics can be used, such as ø̞ or œ̝.


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  • Its vowel height is mid, which means the tongue is positioned halfway between a close vowel and an open vowel.
  • Its vowel backness is front, which means the tongue is positioned as far forward as possible in the mouth without creating a constriction that would be classified as a consonant. Note that rounded front vowels are often centralized, which means that they're in fact near-front.
  • Its roundedness is compressed, which means that the margins of the lips are tense and drawn together in such a way that the inner surfaces are not exposed.


Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Catalan Northern fulles [ˈfø̞jəs] 'leaves' Found in Occitan and French loanwords and interferences. See Catalan phonology
Chinese Shanghainese eu [ø̞] 'safe'
English New Zealand[1] bird [bø̞̈ːd] 'bird' Centralized.[1] May be [ɵ̟ː] or [œ̈ː] instead. See English phonology
Southeastern Welsh[2][3] Centralized.[2][3]
West Midlands[4] Centralized.[4]
Finnish[5] rölli [ˈrø̞̈lːi] 'Common bent' Centralized.[6] See Finnish phonology
German Standard[7] schön About this sound [ʃø̞̈ːn]  'beautiful' Centralized.[7] It's close-mid [ø̈ː] according to Kohler (1999) and Lodge (2009). See German phonology
Hungarian[8] öl [ø̞̈l] 'kill' Centralized. See Hungarian phonology
Korean[9] soe [sø̞ː] 'iron' Somewhat centralized.[9] Typically transcribed as /ø/. Diphthongized to [we] in modern standard Korean. See Korean phonology
Swedish Central Standard[10] nött About this sound [n̪œ̝̈t̪ː]  'worn' (past part. s.) Centralized. Typically transcribed as /œ/. See Swedish phonology
Turkish[11] göz [ɟø̞̈z] 'eye' Centralized; may be transcribed as /œ/. See Turkish phonology



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