A near-open vowel
or a near-low vowel
is any in a class of vowel
sound used in some spoken languages
. The defining characteristic of a near-open vowel is that the tongue is positioned similarly to an open vowel
, but slightly more constricted.
Other names for a near-open vowel are lowered open-mid vowel
and raised open vowel
, though the former phrase may also be used to describe a vowel that is as low as open
; likewise, the latter phrase may also be used to describe a vowel that is as high as open-mid
Other near-open vowels can be indicated with diacritics of relative articulation
applied to letters for neighboring vowels, such as ⟨ɒ̽⟩ and ⟨ɑ̽⟩ for near-open near-back rounded and unrounded vowels.
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