Open-mid Front Rounded Vowel
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Open-mid Front Rounded Vowel
Open-mid front rounded vowel
oe
IPA Number311
Encoding
Entity (decimal)œ
Unicode (hex)U+0153
X-SAMPA9
Braille? (braille pattern dots-246)
Audio sample

The open-mid front rounded vowel, or low-mid front rounded vowel,[1] is a type of vowel sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents the sound is ⟨oe⟩. The symbol oe is a lowercase ligature of the letters o and e. The sound ⟨?⟩, a small capital version of the ⟨OE⟩ ligature, is used for a distinct vowel sound: the open front rounded vowel.

Open-mid front compressed vowel

The open-mid front compressed vowel is typically transcribed in IPA simply as ⟨oe⟩, which is the convention used in this article. There is no dedicated IPA diacritic for compression. However, the compression of the lips can be shown by the letter ⟨⟩ as ⟨?⟩ (simultaneous [?] and labial compression) or ⟨⟩ ([?] modified with labial compression). The spread-lip diacritic ⟨  ? ⟩ may also be used with a rounded vowel letter ⟨oe?⟩ as an ad hoc symbol, but 'spread' technically means unrounded.

Features

  • Its vowel height is open-mid, also known as low-mid, which means the tongue is positioned halfway between an open vowel (a low vowel) and a mid vowel.
  • Its vowel backness is front, which means the tongue is positioned forward in the mouth without creating a constriction that would be classified as a consonant. Rounded front vowels are often centralized, which means that often they are in fact near-front.
  • Its roundedness is compressed, which means that the margins of the lips are tense and drawn together in such a way that the inner surfaces are not exposed.

Occurrence

Because front rounded vowels are assumed to have compression, and few descriptions cover the distinction, some of the following may actually have protrusion.

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Asturian Some Western dialects [es][2] Asturian language ['fwoe] 'outside' Realization of ⟨o⟩ in the diphthong ⟨uo⟩. May also be realized as or .
Bavarian Amstetten dialect[3] Seil [soe:] 'rope' May be transcribed in IPA with ⟨?⟩.[3]
Northern[4] I helfad [i 'hoel?f?d?] 'I'd help' Allophone of /?/ before /l/.[4]
Breton All speakers[5] [example needed] Short counterpart of .[6] May be transcribed in IPA with ⟨ø⟩.
Bas-Léon[6] [example needed] Long; contrasts with the short open-mid /oe/ and the long close-mid . Other speakers have only one mid front rounded vowel .[6]
Buwal[7] [k?oe?ll] 'fine' Allophone of /a/ when adjacent to a labialized consonant.[7]
Chinese Cantonese ? / cheung4 [ts?oe:] 'long' See Cantonese phonology
Danish Standard[8] gøre ['oe:?] 'to do' Typically transcribed in IPA with ⟨?:⟩. See Danish phonology
Dutch Standard[9][10] manoeuvre 'manoeuvre' Occurs only in a few loanwords.[9][10] See Dutch phonology
Some speakers[11] parfum [p?r'foe?:] 'perfume' Nasalized; occurs only in a few loanwords and it is used mainly in southern accents. Often nativized as [?m].[11] See Dutch phonology
The Hague dialect[12] uit [oe:t] 'out' Corresponds to [oey] in standard Dutch.[13] See Dutch phonology
English General New Zealand[14][15] bird [boe:d] 'bird' May be mid instead. In broader varieties, it is close-mid or higher.[14][15][16] Typically transcribed in IPA with ⟨?:⟩. See New Zealand English phonology
Scouse[17] Possible realization of the merged SQUARE-NURSE vowel /e:/.[17]
Southern Welsh[18] Also described as mid [19] and close-mid .[20][21]
General South African[22] go [?oe:] 'go' Some speakers. Can be a diphthong of the type [oe]~[oe] instead. Other South African varieties do not monophthongize. See South African English phonology
Faroese[23] høgt [hoekt] 'high' See Faroese phonology
French[24][25] jeune [?oen] 'young' See French phonology
Galician[26] semana [s?oe'mãn] 'week' Labialization of pre-tonic [e], which is usually realized as [o]
German Standard[27] Hölle ['hoel?] 'hell' See Standard German phonology
Western Swiss accents[28] schön [?oe:n] 'beautiful' Close-mid in other accents.[29] See Standard German phonology
Limburgish Many dialects[30][31] mäö [moe:] 'sleeve' Central in Maastricht;[32] the example word is from the Hasselt dialect.
Low German[33] söss / zös [zoes] 'six'
Luxembourgish[34] Interieur [':tioe:?] 'interior' Occurs only in loanwords.[34] See Luxembourgish phonology
Saterland Frisian[35][36] bölkje ['boelkj?] 'to rear'
West Frisian Hindeloopers[37] [example needed] See West Frisian phonology
Súdwesthoeksk[37][38] skoalle ['skoel?] 'school'

Open-mid front protruded vowel

Open-mid front protruded vowel
oe?
oe?

Catford notes[full ] that most languages with rounded front and back vowels use distinct types of labialization, protruded back vowels and compressed front vowels. However, a few, such as Scandinavian languages, have protruded front vowels. One Scandinavian language, Swedish, even contrasts the two types of rounding in front vowels (see near-close front rounded vowel, with Swedish examples of both types of rounding).

As there are no diacritics in the IPA to distinguish protruded and compressed rounding, an old diacritic for labialization, ⟨  ?⟩, will be used here as an ad hoc symbol for protruded front vowels. Another possible transcription is ⟨oe?⟩ or ⟨⟩ (an open-mid front vowel modified by endolabialization), but it could be misread as a diphthong.

Acoustically, the sound is "between" the more typical compressed open-mid front vowel [oe] and the unrounded open-mid front vowel .

Features

Occurrence

Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Norwegian[39][40] nøtt [noe?t:] 'nut' The example word is from Urban East Norwegian, in which the vowel has also been described as mid central .[41] See Norwegian phonology
Swedish Central Standard[42][43][44] öra 'ear' Allophone of /oe/ and most often also /ø:/ before /r/.[42][43][44] May be more open [?, ?:] for younger speakers from Stockholm.[44] See Swedish phonology
Younger Stockholm speakers[44] köpa [²?oe?:pa?] 'to buy' Higher for other speakers. See Swedish phonology

Notes

  1. ^ While the International Phonetic Association prefers the terms "close" and "open" for vowel height, many linguists use "high" and "low".
  2. ^ García, Fernando Álvarez-Balbuena (2015-09-01). "Na frontera del asturllionés y el gallegoportugués: descripción y exame horiométricu de la fala de Fernidiellu (Forniella, Llión). Parte primera: fonética". Revista de Filoloxía Asturiana. 14 (14). ISSN 2341-1147.
  3. ^ a b Traunmüller (1982), cited in Ladefoged & Maddieson (1996:290)
  4. ^ a b Rowley (1990), p. 422.
  5. ^ Ternes (1992), p. 433.
  6. ^ a b c Ternes (1992), pp. 431, 433.
  7. ^ a b Viljoen (2013), p. 50.
  8. ^ Grønnum (1998), p. 100.
  9. ^ a b Gussenhoven (1999), p. 76.
  10. ^ a b Collins & Mees (2003), p. 137.
  11. ^ a b van de Velde & van Hout (2002).
  12. ^ Collins & Mees (2003), p. 136.
  13. ^ Collins & Mees (2003), pp. 135-136.
  14. ^ a b Roca & Johnson (1999), p. 188.
  15. ^ a b Bauer & Warren (2004), pp. 582, 591.
  16. ^ Wells (1982), p. 607.
  17. ^ a b Gimson (2014), pp. 118, 138.
  18. ^ Penhallurick (2004), p. 104.
  19. ^ Wells (1982), p. 381.
  20. ^ Collins & Mees (1990), p. 95.
  21. ^ Connolly (1990), p. 125.
  22. ^ Lass (2002), p. 118.
  23. ^ Árnason (2011), pp. 68, 75.
  24. ^ Fougeron & Smith (1993), p. 73.
  25. ^ Collins & Mees (2013), p. 225.
  26. ^ Freixeiro Mato, X. Ramón. (2006-). Gramática da lingua galega (2. ed.). [Vigo, Spain]: Edicions A Nosa Terra. ISBN 84-8341-060-5. OCLC 213259857. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  27. ^ Hall (2003), pp. 97, 107.
  28. ^ Dudenredaktion, Kleiner & Knöbl (2015), p. 65.
  29. ^ Dudenredaktion, Kleiner & Knöbl (2015), pp. 34, 65.
  30. ^ Peters (2006), p. 119.
  31. ^ Verhoeven (2007), p. 221.
  32. ^ Gussenhoven & Aarts (1999), p. 159.
  33. ^ Prehn (2012), p. 157.
  34. ^ a b Gilles & Trouvain (2013), p. 72.
  35. ^ Fort (2001), p. 411.
  36. ^ Peters (2017), p. ?.
  37. ^ a b van der Veen (2001), p. 102.
  38. ^ Hoekstra (2001), p. 83.
  39. ^ Vanvik (1979), pp. 13, 20.
  40. ^ Kvifte & Gude-Husken (2005), p. 2.
  41. ^ Kristoffersen (2000), pp. 16-17.
  42. ^ a b Eliasson (1986), p. 273.
  43. ^ a b Thorén & Petterson (1992), pp. 13-14.
  44. ^ a b c d Riad (2014), p. 38.

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