ⓘ Close front unrounded vowel

                                     

ⓘ Close front unrounded vowel

The close front unrounded vowel, or high front unrounded vowel, is a type of vowel sound that occurs in most spoken languages, represented in the International Phonetic Alphabet by the symbol i. It is similar to the vowel sound in the English word meet - and often called long-e in American English. Although in English this sound has additional length and is not normally pronounced as a pure vowel, some dialects have been reported to pronounce the phoneme as a pure sound. A pure sound is also heard in many other languages, such as French, in words like chic.

Close front unrounded vowel the vowel equivalent palatally approximant used in various transcription systems represent the same sound.

Languages that use the Latin alphabet generally use the letter ⟨I⟩ to represent the sound, although there are some exceptions: in English orthography this letter typically associated with /aɪ/ as in bite or /ɪ/ in bit and /iː/ is more widely represented ⟨e⟩, ⟨EA⟩, ⟨UO⟩, ⟨ie⟩ And ⟨EI⟩, as in the words SC e ne, EA, N, m e t n e CE, conc EI ve, see the great vowel shift. Irish orthography reflects both etymology and Whether preceding consonants broad or slender, so such combinations as ⟨AI⟩, ⟨EI⟩, and ⟨AEI⟩ all represent /iː/.