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ɴᴇᴀʀ vowel phoneme /ɪə(r)/

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(Redirected from IPA phoneme /ɪə/)

The ɴᴇᴀʀ vowel phoneme is an English vowel phoneme consisting of the vowel sound used by English speakers in its keyword, near.[1] It’s a rhotic vowel phoneme.

Words in the ɴᴇᴀʀ lexical set, such as deer, beard and serious are pronounced with this phoneme.

Its traditional representation is as /ɪə/ or /ɪər/.

In received pronunciation (RP), the traditional pronunciation is as a diphthong with the diphthongal nucleus a near-close near-front unrounded vowel [ɪ] and the diphthongal glide the schwa sound [ə]. This has a tendency towards smoothing towards a longer near-close near-front unrounded vowel [ɪː] sound, especially in modern RP.


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