IPA phonetic symbol 〚w〛

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w

week [wiːk]

The IPA phonetic symbol [w][1] represents a voiced labio-velar approximant, a semivowel present in most accents of English in words such as week or queen and corresponding to IPA phoneme /w/.

This sound is also present at the end of IPA phoneme /uː/, particularly before a vowel, i.e. /uː/ as [ʉw][2] or [uw]. For example continuous /kənˈtɪnjuːəs/ pronunced as [kənˈtɪnjuwəs].[3]

Some accents also have IPA phoneme /əʊ/ pronounced as [əw][2] or [ow], for example rower /ˈrəʊər/ as [ˈrowɚ].[4]

IPA phoneme /aʊ/ can be pronounced [aw][2] as in shower /ˈʃaʊər/ as [ˈʃawɚ].[5]

Notes and references[edit]

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

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