IPA phonetic symbol 〚ɛ〛
The IPA phonetic symbol [ɛ] represents an open-mid front unrounded vowel, like the most common pronunciation of the English phoneme /e/ (as in dress). It is also the "ê" sound in French, as in bête (animal) or the "e" sound in German Bett (bed).
The English phonemes /e/ and /eə/ use "e" instead of "ɛ" only for historical reasons, and several dictionaries prefer "ɛ" over "e". In any case there is no confusion with /eɪ/: if a broad notation has the symbol /e/ followed by anything different of /ɪ/, then [ɛ] should be understood. In this way, /feɪs/ is [feɪs], /dres/ is [drɛs] and /skweər/ is [skwɛər].
See also IPA phonetic symbol [e].
|Broad||Daniel Jones's scheme for Received Pronunciation (used in Teflpedia)||e||eə||eɪ|
|Broad||Clive Upton's scheme for Received Pronunciation||ɛ||ɛː||eɪ|
|Broad||Collins English Dictionary||ɛ||ɛə||eɪ|
|Broad||Most American dictionaries||ɛ||ɛ||eɪ|
|Broad||Kenyon and Knott||ɛ||ɛ||e|
|Narrow||Standard Southern British English||ɛ||ɛː||ɛj|
|Narrow||Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary||ɛ||eɚ||eɪ|
Unicode and HTML
Unicode: U+025B Latin small letter open E
HTML: ɛ ɛ
Can be confused with U+03B5 Greek small letter epsilon: ε ε
- For technical reasons double brackets appear on the page title.
- Collins English Dictionary, square
- John Kenyon and Thomas Knott, A Pronouncing Dictionary of American English, 1949.
- English Speech Services, The British English vowel system, March 8, 2012.
- Wikipedia, Australian English phonology, accessed on 8 july 2014, permanent link