Central vowel

type of vowel sound

A central vowel, also known before as a mixed vowel, is any in a class of vowel sounds used in some spoken languages. The biggest thing of a central vowel is that the tongue is put halfway between a front vowel and a back vowel. (Using this, unrounded central vowels are usually further forward and rounded central vowels are further back.)

Central vowel
IPA number415
Entity (decimal)̈
Unicode (hex)U+0308


List change

The central vowels that have their own symbols[1] in the International Phonetic Alphabet are:

There also are central vowels that do not have their own symbols in the IPA:

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Books change

  1. International Phonetic Association (2021). Handbook of the International Phonetic Association: a guide to the use of the international phonetic alphabet (22. printing ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-65236-0.