IPA phonetic symbol 〚m̩〛
The IPA phonetic symbol [ṃ] (lowercase "m" with an underdot) represents syllabic /m/, a syllable with no vowel, as in "rhythm" [ˈrɪðṃ] or "system" [ˈsɪstṃ]. In a broad notation [ṃ] is /əm/ and most dictionaries prefer that notation: /ˈrɪðəm, ˈsɪstəm/. Some dictionaries write a small schwa before /l/ or /n/, and by analogy the following notation could be used: /ˈrɪðəm, ˈsɪstəm/.
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