ⓘ Near-open front unrounded vowel

                                     

ⓘ Near-open front unrounded vowel

The near-open front unrounded vowel, or near-low front 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 ⟨ æ ⟩, a lowercase of the ⟨Æ⟩ ligature. Both the symbol and the sound are commonly referred to as "ash".

Rounded analogue, almost open front rounded vowels, for which IPA does not provide a separate symbol may be associated allophonically in Denmark, to see the open front rounded vowel for more information.

In practice, ⟨ æ ⟩ is sometimes used to represent an open front unrounded vowel, see the introduction to this page for more information.