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 the symbol together with the sound are normally remanded to as "ash".

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

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

In IPA transcriptions of Hungarian in addition to Valencian, this vowel is typically a thing that is caused or produced by something else with ⟨ɛ⟩.