IPA phonetic symbol 〚j〛

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j

yes [jes]

The IPA phonetic symbol [j][1] represents a voiced palatal approximant, a semivowel present in most accents of English in words such as yes or cute [kjuːt] and corresponding to IPA phoneme /j/. This sound is called yod.

This sound is also present at the end of IPA phoneme /iː/, in British English as [ɪj][2] and in American English (particularly before a vowel) as [ij]. For example previous /ˈpriːviːəs/ pronounced as [ˈpriːvijəs].[3]

Some accents also have IPA phoneme /eɪ/ pronounced as [ej] or [ɛj],[2] for example player /ˈpleɪər/ as [ˈplejɚ].[4]

IPA phoneme /aɪ/ can be pronounced [aj] or [ɑj][2] as in fire /ˈfaɪər/ as [ˈfajɚ].[5]

IPA phoneme /ɔɪ/ can be pronounced [ɔj] or [oj][2] as in royal /ˈrɔɪəl/ as [ˈrojəl].[6]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. For technical reasons double brackets appear on the page title.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Geoff Lindsey, The British English vowel system, 8 March 2012.
  3. Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary, previous.
  4. Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary, player.
  5. Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary, fire.
  6. Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary, royal.

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