ⓘ Close central unrounded vowel

                                     

ⓘ Close central unrounded vowel

The close central unrounded vowel, or high central unrounded vowel, is a type of vowel sound used in some languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ɨ, namely the lower-case letter i with a horizontal bar. Both the symbol and the sound are commonly referred to as barred i.

Sometimes this sound is transcribed ⟨ * ⟩ centralized ⟨ I ⟩, and ⟨ ɯ ⟩ centralized ⟨ ɯ ⟩.

Close Central unrounded vowel the vowel the equivalent of a rare post-palatally approximant.

Some languages have near-close Central unrounded vowel, which is slightly lower. It is most often transcribed in the IPA with a ⟨ ɨ ⟩ and ⟨ ɪ ⟩, but other letters, such as ⟨ ɪ ⟩ and ⟨ ɘ ⟩ is also possible. In many English dictionaries this sound was rewritten ⟨ ɪ ⟩, which captures its height, in the American tradition it is more often ⟨ ɨ ⟩, which captures a Central place, or "ᵻ ⟩, which captures both. ⟨ ᵻ ⟩ is also used in several other publications such as the accents in the English language John K. wells. In the third edition of the Oxford English dictionary, ⟨ ᵻ ⟩ represents free variation between /ɪ/ and /ə/.