ⓘ Close front rounded vowel

                                     

ⓘ Close front rounded vowel

The close front rounded vowel, or high 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 ⟨ y ⟩, and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is y. Across many languages, it is most commonly represented orthographically as ⟨u⟩ or ⟨y⟩, but also as ⟨u⟩, ⟨iu⟩/⟨yu⟩, ⟨u⟩, or ⟨уь⟩

Short /y / and the long /yː/ has occurred in pre-Greek. The attic and ionic dialects of ancient Greek, stand in some languages, such as French, and in diphthongs in some languages, ⟨ g ⟩ with diacritic and non-syllabic ⟨ ɥ ⟩ is used in various transcription systems represent the same sound.

In most languages, this rounded vowel is pronounced with compressed lips exolabial. However, in some cases, the lips protruded endolabial.