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Open-mid central unrounded vowel

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The open-mid central unrounded vowel is a vowel sound. It’s a cardinal 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.

References[edit | edit source]