The Full Wiki

More info on Open-mid back rounded vowel

Open-mid back rounded vowel: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

See also: IPA, Consonants
  Front Near- front Central Near- back Back
Blank vowel trapezoid.svg
i · y
ɨ · ʉ
ɯ · u
ɪ · ʏ
e · ø
ɘ · ɵ
ɤ · o
ɛ · œ
ɜ · ɞ
ʌ · ɔ
a · ɶ
ɑ · ɒ
Where symbols appear in pairs, the one to the right represents
a rounded vowel. Vowel length is indicated by appending  
IPA – number 306
IPA – text ɔ
IPA – image {{{imagesize}}}
Entity ɔ
Kirshenbaum O
About this sound Sound sample

The open-mid back rounded vowel is a type of vowel sound, used in some spoken languages. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ɔ, and the equivalent X-SAMPA symbol is O. The IPA symbol is a turned letter c and both the symbol and the sound are commonly called "open-o". The name open-o represents the sound, in that it is like the sound represented by [o], the close-mid back rounded vowel, except it is more open. It also represents the symbol, which can be remembered as an o which has been "opened" by removing part of the closed circular shape.





Language Word IPA Meaning Notes
Albanian po [pɔ] 'yes'
Bengali বস [bɔʃ] 'sit' See Bengali phonology
Catalan[1] cosa [kɔzə] 'thing' See Catalan phonology
Chinese Cantonese /ngo5 [ŋɔː˩˧] 'I' See Cantonese phonology
Mandarin /wǒ [uɔ˨˩˦] 'I' See Mandarin phonology
Wu [bɔ˨˩˦] 'run'
Dutch bot [bɔt] 'bone' See Dutch phonology
English Australian hot [hɔt] 'hot' See Australian English phonology
GA bog [bɔɡ] 'bog' Some speakers. See English phonology
RP bore [bɔː] 'bore' See English phonology
Faroese góðan morgun! [ˌɡɔuwan ˈmɔɹɡʊn] 'good morning'
French[2] sort [sɔʀ] 'fate' See French phonology
Georgian[3] სწრი [st͡sʼɔɾi] 'correct'
German voll [fɔl] 'full' See German phonology
Italian[4] parola [paˈɾɔːla] 'word' See Italian phonology
Lao [bɔː] 'origin'
Norwegian topp [tɔp] 'top' See Norwegian phonology
Occitan òme [ˈɔme] 'man'
Polish[5] kot Pl-kot.ogg [kɔt] 'cat' See Polish phonology
Portuguese[6] só [sɔ] 'alone' See Portuguese phonology
Swedish moll sv-åtta.ogg [mɔl] 'minor' see Swedish phonology
Tajik тоҷикӣ [tɔːdʒɪˈkiː] 'Tajik language'
Vietnamese to [tɔ̄] 'large' See Vietnamese phonology

See also



  • Carbonell, Joan F.; Llisterri, Joaquim (1992), "Catalan", Journal of the International Phonetic Association 22 (1-2): 53–56 
  • Cruz-Ferreira, Madalena (1995), "European Portuguese", Journal of the International Phonetic Association 25 (2): 90–94 
  • Fougeron, Cecile; Smith, Caroline L (1993), "Illustrations of the IPA:French", Journal of the International Phonetic Association 23 (2): 73–76 
  • Jassem, Wiktor (2003), "Polish", Journal of the International Phonetic Association 33 (1): 103–107 
  • Rogers, Derek; d'Arcangeli, Luciana (2004), "Italian", Journal of the International Phonetic Association 34 (1): 117–121 
  • Shosted, Ryan K.; Vakhtang, Chikovani (2006), "Standard Georgian", Journal of the International Phonetic Association 36 (2): 255–264 


Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address