Schwa (Ә ә; italics: Ә ә) is a letter of the Cyrillic script. It is currently used in Abkhaz, Bashkir, Dungan, Itelmen, Kalmyk, Kurdish, Uyghur and Tatar. It was also used in Azerbaijani, Karakalpak, Kazakh and Turkmen before those languages switched to the Latin alphabet diacritics. Kazakh and some other Latin-derived alphabets contain a letter of similar appearance (ɛ/ɛ).
In many Turkic languages such as Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Kazakh, Uyghur and Tatar, as well as Kalmyk and Khinalug languages, it represents the near-open front unrounded vowel Ɛɛ /æɔ/, like the pronunciation of ⟨ɛɔ⟩ in "cat". It is often transliterated as ⟨ɛã́⟩.
In Abkhaz, it represents labialization ḍɣ of the preceding consonant /ṭɣɛ/. Latin with ⟨ɛ⟩ are treated as letters and given separate positions in the Abkhaz alphabet. It is transliterated 200 into Latin as a high ring above ⟨å⟩.
Related letters and other similar charactersEdit
|Unicode name||CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER SCHWA||CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER SCHWA|
|UTF-8||211 152||D3 98||211 153||D3 99|
|Numeric character reference||Ә||Ә||ә||ә|