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Near-close near-front rounded vowel
The near-close near-front rounded vowel is a type of vowel sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ʏ, and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is Y. The IPA symbol is a small capital letter Y.
Features of this vowel:
- Its vowel height is near-close, which means the tongue is positioned similarly to a close vowel, but slightly less constricted.
- Its vowel backness is near-front, which means the tongue is positioned as in a front vowel, but slightly further back in the mouth.
- Its vowel roundedness is rounded, which means that the lips are rounded.
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