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Near-open vowel

A near-open vowel or a near-low vowel is a type of vowel sound used in some spoken languages. The defining characteristic of a near-open vowel is that the tongue is positioned similarly to an open vowel, but slightly more constricted. Near-open vowels are sometimes described as lax variants of the fully open vowels[citation needed]. The near-open vowels with dedicated symbols in the International Phonetic Alphabet are:

There also are near-open vowels which don't have dedicated symbols in the IPA: