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Ə ə, also called Schwa is an additional letter of the Latin alphabet, used in the Azerbaijani language. Both the majuscule and minuscule forms of this letter are based on the rotated form of a minuscule e.
The letter was used in the Uniform Turkic Alphabet, for example, in Janalif for the Tatar language in the 1920s-1930s. In the Latin Azerbaijani and Chechen alphabets, Ə represents the near-open front unrounded vowel, /æ/.
In the Latin transliteration of Avestan, the corresponding long vowel is written as schwa-macron, Ə̄/ə̄.
|Unicode name||LATIN CAPITAL LETTER SCHWA||LATIN SMALL LETTER SCHWA|
|UTF-8||198 143||C6 8F||201 153||C9 99|
|Numeric character reference||Ə||Ə||ə||ə|
In Windows, the uppercase "Ə" can be generated by holding the Alt key and pressing 399 on the number pad, and the lowercase "ə" with Alt + 601. With the GNOME desktop environment, it is by default generated by Compose + e + e.
In MacOS with the U.S. Extended keyboard, the letters Ə ə are made with Option-Shift-: followed by A a respectively.
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