Open-mid central unrounded vowel
Features[edit | edit source]
The open-mid central unrounded vowel has the following features:
- It's an open-mid vowel, which means the tongue is positioned between an open vowel and a close-mid vowel.
- A central vowel, which means the tongue is positioned in the center of the mouth without creating a constriction that would be classified as a consonant.
- It is an unrounded vowel, which means that the lips are not rounded.
Occurrence in English[edit | edit source]
This occurs in various dialects of English. In some accents, it’s used to represent the ɴᴜʀꜱᴇ vowel phoneme.
Representation[edit | edit source]
In IPA, it has the symbol [ɜ]. Its IPA number is 321, and it is considered a secondary vowel according to Abercrombie.