Usage in various languages
Ê is not considered a separate letter in Afrikaans, but rather a variation of the letter "e". The circumflex forces the pronunciation of "e" to be /ɛ/, whereas "e" without the circumflex is pronounced either as /e/, /æ/ or /ɛ/ depending on the placement of the vowel in relation to other letters in a word.
In the Pinyin romanization of Standard Mandarin, ê represents /ɛ/. It corresponds to Zhuyin ㄝ. The circumflex is only present if ê is the only letter in the syllable, e.g. ề /ɛ̂/ (诶; 誒; "eh!"); without the circumflex, e as the only letter in the syllable represents /ɤ/, e.g. è /ɤ̂/ (饿; 餓; "hungry"). Elsewhere, /ɛ/ is written as a (before n) or e (at the end of a syllable) with the appropriate tone mark, e.g. xiān /ɕi̯ɛ́n/ (先; "first"), xuǎn /ɕy̯ɛ̀n/ (选; 選; "to choose"), xué /ɕy̯ɛ̌ ~ ɕy̯ě/ (学; 學; "to learn"), xièxie /ɕi̯ɛ̂.ɕi̯ɛ ~ ɕi̯ê.ɕi̯e/ (谢谢; 謝謝; "thanks").
In Pe̍h-ōe-jī, ê is the fifth tone of e, e.g. ê (的; possessive, adjectival suffix).
In Dutch, ê is used to change the pronunciation of e from /ə/ to /ɛ/. It only appears in words taken over from the French language.
Diacritics are not considered letters of the French alphabet. In French, ê changes the pronunciation of e from /ə/ to /ɛ/. It is used instead of "è" when the archaic was "es". In other words, it shows that an "e" should be pronounced as "es" used to be pronounced.
Ê is used to represent the /e/ and /ɛː/ sounds.
In Portuguese, ê is used to mark a stressed /e/ in words whose stressed syllable is in an unpredictable location within the word, as in "dê" (give!) and "pêssego" (peach). Where the location of the stressed syllable is predictable, the circumflex accent is not used. Ê /e/ contrasts with é, pronounced /ɛ/.
- Ề ề
- Ể ể
- Ễ ễ
- Ế ế
- Ệ ệ
In Welsh, ê is used to represent long stressed e [eː] when, without the circumflex, the vowel would be pronounced as short [ɛ], e.g.. llên [ɬeːn] "literature", as opposed to llen [ɬɛn] "curtain", or gêm [ɡeːm] "game", rather than gem [ɡɛm] "gem, jewel". It is useful in writing borrowed words with final stress, e.g. apêl [apˈeːl] "appeal".
Unicode encoded 5 pairs of precomposed characters (Ề / ề, Ể / ể, Ễ / ễ, Ế / ế, Ệ / ệ) for the five tones of ê in Vietnamese. Two pairs of the five (Ế / ế and Ề / ề) can also be used as the second and fourth tones of ê in Pinyin. The first and third tones of ê in Pinyin have to be represented by combining diacritical marks, like ê̄ (ê̄) and ê̌ (ê̌).
|Unicode name||LATIN CAPITAL LETTER E WITH CIRCUMFLEX||LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH CIRCUMFLEX|
|UTF-8||195 138||C3 8A||195 170||C3 AA|
|Numeric character reference||Ê||Ê||ê||ê|
|Named character reference||Ê||ê|