Front rounded vowel

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A front rounded vowel is a particular type of vowel that is both front and rounded.

The front rounded vowels defined by the IPA include:

Front rounded vowels are cross-linguistically relatively uncommon, but occur in a number of well-known languages, including French, German and Chinese.

The high vowel [y] is the most common, while the low vowel [ɶ] is extremely rare. This is consistent with the general correlation between rounding and vowel height.

Language families in which front-rounded vowels are common are: