Near-open front unrounded vowel

Vowels beside dots are: unrounded • rounded

The near-open front unrounded vowel, or near-low front unrounded vowel, is the type of Æ⟩ ligature. Both a symbol together with the sound are commonly remanded to as "ash".

The rounded counterpart of [æ], the near-open front rounded vowel for which the IPA ensures no separate symbol has been filed to occur allophonically in Danish; see open front rounded vowel for more information.

In practice, ⟨æ⟩ is sometimes used to constitute the open front unrounded vowel; see the intro to that page for more information.

In IPA transcriptions of Hungarian as well as Valencian, this vowel is typically written with ⟨ɛ⟩.