ⓘ Close-mid central unrounded vowel

                                     

ⓘ Close-mid central unrounded vowel

The close-mid central unrounded vowel, or high-mid central unrounded vowel, is a type of vowel sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨ ɘ ⟩. This is a mirrored letter e, and should not be confused with the schwa ⟨ ə ⟩, which is a turned e. It was added to the IPA in 1993, before that, this vowel was transcribed ⟨ e ⟩. Certain older sources transcribe this vowel ⟨ ɤ̈ ⟩.

In ⟨ ɘ ⟩ letters can be used in the lowering diacritic ⟨ ɘ ⟩ to denote the mid Central unrounded vowel.

Conversely, ⟨ ə ⟩ in the mid-Central vowel may be used with the raising diacritic, ⟨ ə ⟩ to denote the close-mid Central unrounded vowel, although it is more accurately written with additional diacritical unrounding ⟨ ə ⟩ to explicitly denote the lack of rounding the canonical value for the MPA ⟨ ə ⟩ is undefined for rounding.

To enter this symbol in Windows, hold down the Alt key while typing the "600" using the numeric key panel.