Close back rounded vowel

  • close back rounded vowel
    u
    ipa number308
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    entity (decimal)u
    unicode (hex)u+0075
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    the close back rounded vowel, or high back rounded vowel,[1] is a type of vowel sound used in many spoken languages. the symbol in the international phonetic alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨u⟩, and the equivalent x-sampa symbol is u.

    in most languages, this rounded vowel is pronounced with protruded lips ('endolabial'). however, in a few cases the lips are compressed ('exolabial').

    the close back rounded vowel is almost identical featurally to the labio-velar approximant [w]. [u] alternates with [w] in certain languages, such as french, and in the diphthongs of some languages, [u̯] with the non-syllabic diacritic and [w] are used in different transcription systems to represent the same sound.

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Close back rounded vowel
u
IPA Number308
Encoding
Entity (decimal)u
Unicode (hex)U+0075
X-SAMPAu
Audio sample

The close back rounded vowel, or high back rounded vowel,[1] is a type of vowel sound used in many spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨u⟩, and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is u.

In most languages, this rounded vowel is pronounced with protruded lips ('endolabial'). However, in a few cases the lips are compressed ('exolabial').

The close back rounded vowel is almost identical featurally to the labio-velar approximant [w]. [u] alternates with [w] in certain languages, such as French, and in the diphthongs of some languages, [u̯] with the non-syllabic diacritic and [w] are used in different transcription systems to represent the same sound.