Mid back unrounded vowel

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Mid back unrounded vowel
ɤ
ɤ̞
IPA number 315 430
Encoding
Entity (decimal) ɤ​̞
Unicode (hex) U+0264 U+031E

The mid back unrounded 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 back unrounded vowel between close-mid [ɤ] and open-mid [ʌ] (since no language is known to distinguish all three), ɤ is normally used. If precision is desired, diacritics can be used, such as ɤ̞ or ʌ̝.

Features[edit]

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iy
ɨʉ
ɯu
ɪʏ
eø
ɘɵ
ɤo
ɤ̞
ɛœ
ɜɞ
ʌɔ
æ
aɶ
ɑɒ
Near-close
Close-mid
Mid
Open-mid
Near-open
Open
Paired vowels are: unrounded • rounded
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Occurrence[edit]

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Bulgarian[1] път [pɤ̞̈t̪] 'path' Near-back.[1] See Bulgarian phonology
Danish Standard[2] læger [ˈleːɤ̞̈] 'doctors' Near-back;[2] one of possible realizations of /ɐ/.[2] See Danish phonology
English Cardiff[3] plus [pl̥ɤ̞̈s] 'plus' Near-back.[3][4] In Cardiff, it may be [ə], [ɜ], [ɜ̟] or [ë̞] instead.[3] It corresponds to [ʌ] in other dialects. See English phonology
Norfolk[4]
Estonian[5] kõrv [kɤ̞̈rv] 'ear' Near-back.[5]
German Chemnitz dialect[6] Schirm [ʃɤ̞̈ˤːm] 'umbrella' Pharyngealized near-back;[6] may be transcribed in IPA as ʌˤː.[7] It may be realized as [ɪːɒ̯] instead.[6] See Chemnitz dialect phonology

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