ⓘ Close central rounded vowel

                                     

ⓘ Close central rounded vowel

The close central rounded vowel, or high central 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 ⟨ ʉ ⟩, and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is }. Both the symbol and the sound are commonly referred to as "barred u".

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

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

Some languages have near-close Central rounded vowel, which is slightly lower. It is most often transcribed in the IPA with a ⟨ ʉ ⟩ and ⟨ ʊ ⟩, but other letters, such as ⟨ ʊ ⟩ and ⟨ ɵ ⟩ is also possible. The symbol ⟨ ᵿ ⟩ based ⟨ ʊ ⟩ and ⟨ ʉ ⟩, is used as an unofficial extension of the IPA to represent this sound, a number of publications, such as the accents in the English language John K. wells. In the third edition of the Oxford English dictionary, ⟨ ᵿ ⟩ represents free variation between /ʊ/ and /ə/.