Open-mid central unrounded vowel
|Open-mid central unrounded vowel|
The open-mid central unrounded vowel, or low-mid central unrounded vowel, is a type of vowel sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is 〈ɜ〉. Note that the IPA symbol is not the digit 〈3〉, but a reversed Latinized variant of the lowercase epsilon, ɛ. The value of this letter was only specified in 1993; before that, it was transcribed 〈ɛ̈〉.
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". It has also been described as a 'long schwa', after the extremely common short vowel it resembles a slightly longer form of.
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- Its vowel height is open-mid, also known as low-mid, which means the tongue is positioned halfway between an open vowel (a low vowel) and a mid vowel.
- Its vowel backness is central, which means the tongue is positioned halfway between a front vowel and a back vowel.
- It is unrounded, which means that the lips are not rounded.
|Cherokee||ᎥᏝ v-tla||[ɜʔtɬ͡a˦]||'no'||Always nasalized.|
|English||Received Pronunciation||bird||[bɜːd]||'bird'||Sulcalized (the tongue is grooved like in [ɹ]). 'Upper Crust RP' speakers pronounce a more open vowel [ɐː], but for most other speakers it's actually mid ([ɜ̝ː]). This vowel corresponds to rhotacized [ɝ] in rhotic dialects.|
|Norfolk||bet||[bɜ̟ʔ]||'bet'||Somewhat fronted, corresponds to [ɛ~e̞] in other British dialects.|
|Ohio||bust||[bɜst]||'bust'||The most common realization of the vowel transcribed as 〈ʌ〉 in American English.|
|Most of Texas|
|Northern Welsh||Some speakers. Corresponds to [ə] (or a further back vowel) in other Welsh dialects.|
|Scottish||[bɜ̠st]||Somewhat retracted; may be more back [ʌ] instead.|
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- Lodge, Ken (2009), A Critical Introduction to Phonetics, pp. 166–169, ISBN 978-0-8264-8873-2
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