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Close-mid back unrounded vowel
The close-mid back unrounded vowel is a type of vowel sound, used in some spoken languages. Its symbol in X-SAMPA is 7, and its equivalent in the International Phonetic Alphabet is ɤ. The latter symbol is not to be confused with the small Greek letter gamma (γ); gamma has a descender, which in the IPA corresponds to the voiced velar fricative. The symbol ɤ used for this vowel is called "ram's horns".
Features of this vowel:
- Its vowel height is close-mid, which means the tongue is positioned halfway between close vowel and a mid vowel.
- Its vowel backness is back, which means the tongue is positioned as far back as possible in the mouth in the mouth without creating a constriction that would be classified as a consonant.
- Its vowel roundedness is unrounded, which means that the lips are not rounded.
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