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Meaning of barred i

barred i

Pronunciation: [key]
— Phonet. Phonet.
  1. a high central vowel with phonetic quality approximating that of the vowels in pit, put, putt, or pet, and considered by most phonologists as a phonetic variant of one of these vowels, depending on the context, but by some as an autonomous phoneme in some varieties of English.
  2. the phonetic symbol &ibar;.
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