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1. Shaped into the form of a circle or sphere; made round.
2. Linguistics Pronounced with the lips pursed or shaped in a round form.
3. Complete; balanced: a rounded meal.

round′ed·ness n.
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Noun1.roundedness - the property possessed by a rounded convexity
convexity, convexness - the property possessed by a convex shape
ellipticity, oblateness - the property possessed by a round shape that is flattened at the poles; "the oblateness of the planet"
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This leads to a migration of front unrounded vowel phonemes in a direction to the right in the vowel space.
Moreover, a change in the vocalic quality is observed (h) which alters a high front unrounded vowel into a back rounded.
Description IPA Mexbet Voiceless bilabial stop p p Voiceless dental stop t t Voiceless velar stop k k Voiced bilabial stop b b Voiced dental stop d d Voiced velar stop [??] g Voiceless palatal affricate tf tS Voiceless labiodental fricative f f Voiceless alveolar sibilant s s Voiceless velar fricative x x Voiced palatal fricative 3 Z Bilabial nasal m m Palatal nasal n n Alveolar nasal n n Alveolar lateral l l Alveolar trill r r Alveolar flap f r( Close front unrounded vowel i i Close-mid front unrounded vowel e e Open front unrounded vowel a a Close-mid back rounded vowel o o Close back rounded vowel u u TABLE 6: Emotion-specific vowels in the emotional stimuli.
Conclusion: /[??]/ falls in an area between rounded and unrounded and should not be considered an unrounded vowel. The mid-central vowel which has no rounded-unrounded variants in the IPA vowel chart.
/ CAPITAL I / Realized as a centralized, front, half-close unrounded vowel in RP e.g.
higher/lower front unrounded vowel vs lower/higher back rounded vowel).
The pattern that this study established concerning vowel coalescence is that when the basic front high unrounded vowel /i/ is preceded by the basic low central vowel /a/ [e] is formed and when the basic back high rounded vowel /u/ is preceded by the basic low central vowel /a/ [o] is formed.
However, the immediate predecessor for the Uyghur form yeriq must have been *yariq with an unrounded vowel in the second syllable.
Also, the genitive suffix cannot possibly have an unrounded vowel at any time in these examples: mesfurin > mesfurun (7b/2, 11a/9).
However, we are told by Penny that "[c]ompared with [a], the sound [a] is very palatal (i.e., fronted and slightly raised, almost [??)" (1969b: 149), and this description makes it seem highly probable that this is the mid-low central unrounded vowel [??].
The insistent /e/ of 'les ecoliers' maintains the predominance of the front, unrounded vowel, taken up by 'courir' and 'cris'.
[i] is a fully close central unrounded vowel, midway between cardinal vowels 1 [i] and 8 [u].