The letter ʒ (upper case: Ʒ) is used as a letter in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
Sound value Edit
The sound is decribed as
- voiced palato-alveolar sibilant @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voiced_palato-alveolar_sibilant
- voiced postalveolar fricative @ https://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/content/ipa-pulmonic-consonants
In some environments it is impossible to write the letter ʒ, while all other letters of ISO 646 are available. Unused letters in Uropi are y, x, q.
- y - has the value /j/ in several alphabets. /j/ is voiced palatal approximant
- x - has the value /ks/ in several alphabets, which is voiceless, in IPA it is /x/ voiceless velar fricative
- q - in IPA is /q/ voiceless uvular stop (Wikipedia) or voiceless uvular plosive (IPA website)
Some IALs use j = /ʒ/ and y = /j/. Choosing j = /j/ and y = /ʒ/ increases the compliance with IPA without changing any other letter.