The close-mid front rounded vowel, or high-mid front rounded vowel, is a type of
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sound used in some spoken
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s. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents the sound is , a lowercase letter o with a diagonal stroke through it, borrowed from Danish,
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, and Faroese, which sometimes use the letter to represent the sound. The symbol is commonly referred to as "o, slash" in English. For the close-mid front rounded vowel that is usually transcribed with the symbol , see near-close front rounded vowel. If the usual symbol is , the vowel is listed here.

Close-mid front compressed vowel

The close-mid front compressed vowel is typically transcribed in IPA simply as , which is the convention used in this article. There is no dedicated
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for compression in the IPA. However, the compression of the lips can be shown with the letter as (simultaneous and labial compression) or ( modified with labial compression). The spread-lip diacritic may also be used with a rounded vowel letter as an ''ad hoc'' symbol, but 'spread' technically means unrounded. For the close-mid front compressed vowel that is usually transcribed with the symbol , see near-close front compressed vowel. If the usual symbol is , the vowel is listed here.



Because front rounded vowels are assumed to have compression, and few descriptions cover the distinction, some of the following may actually have protrusion.

Close-mid front protruded vowel

Catford notes that most languages with rounded front and back vowels use distinct types of labialization, protruded back vowels and compressed front vowels. However, a few, such as the Scandinavian languages, have protruded front vowels. One of them, Swedish, even contrasts the two types of rounding in front vowels (see near-close near-front rounded vowel, with Swedish examples of both types of rounding). As there are no diacritics in the IPA to distinguish protruded and compressed rounding, an old diacritic for labialization, , will be used here as an ''ad hoc'' symbol for protruded front vowels. Another possible transcription is or (a close-mid front vowel modified by endolabialization), but that could be misread as a diphthong. For the close-mid front protruded vowel that is usually transcribed with the symbol , see near-close front protruded vowel. If the usual symbol is , the vowel is listed here. Acoustically, the sound is in between the more typical compressed close-mid front vowel and the unrounded close-mid front vowel .



See also

Index of phonetics articles A * Acoustic phonetics Acoustic phonetics is a subfield of phonetics Phonetics is a branch of linguistics that studies how humans produce and perceive sounds, or in the case of sign languages, the equivalent aspects of sign. Phoneticians— ...



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* {{DEFAULTSORT:Close-Mid Front Rounded Vowel Close-mid vowels Front vowels Rounded vowels