Near-open front unrounded vowel

  • near-open front unrounded vowel
    æ
    ipa number325
    encoding
    entity (decimal)æ
    unicode (hex)u+00e6
    x-sampa{
    braille⠩ (braille pattern dots-146)
    audio sample
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    the near-open front unrounded vowel, or near-low front unrounded vowel,[1] is a type of vowel sound, used in some spoken languages. the symbol in the international phonetic alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨æ⟩, a lowercase of the ⟨Æligature. both the symbol and the sound are commonly referred to as "ash".

    the rounded counterpart of [æ], the near-open front rounded vowel (for which the ipa provides no separate symbol) has been reported to occur allophonically in danish;[2][3] see open front rounded vowel for more information.

    in practice, ⟨æ⟩ is sometimes used to represent the open front unrounded vowel; see the introduction to that page for more information.

    in ipa transcriptions of hungarian and valencian, this vowel is typically written with ⟨ɛ⟩. in the case of danish, ⟨a⟩ is often used for the near-open vowel as ⟨æ⟩ is used for the open-mid front unrounded vowel.

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Near-open front unrounded vowel
æ
IPA Number325
Encoding
Entity (decimal)æ
Unicode (hex)U+00E6
X-SAMPA{
Braille⠩ (braille pattern dots-146)
Audio sample

The near-open front unrounded vowel, or near-low front unrounded vowel,[1] is a type of vowel sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨æ⟩, a lowercase of the ⟨Æligature. Both the symbol and the sound are commonly referred to as "ash".

The rounded counterpart of [æ], the near-open front rounded vowel (for which the IPA provides no separate symbol) has been reported to occur allophonically in Danish;[2][3] see open front rounded vowel for more information.

In practice, ⟨æ⟩ is sometimes used to represent the open front unrounded vowel; see the introduction to that page for more information.

In IPA transcriptions of Hungarian and Valencian, this vowel is typically written with ⟨ɛ⟩. In the case of Danish, ⟨a⟩ is often used for the near-open vowel as ⟨æ⟩ is used for the open-mid front unrounded vowel.