Various symbols in the International Phonetic Alphabet can be described as 'a' or 'a-like'. This page lists them, as they are used in the phonemic description of RP English. Each symbol links to a separate page listing the sounds which it can represent.
There is another page at A (grapheme) which deals with the way the written sign A (or a, or æ‘) is used in writing English in the Roman alphabet, on its own or as part of a digraph. A (grapheme) represents a wide variety of sounds - not all of them represented by 'a-like' symbols in the IPA.
- /æ/, as in 'cat', 'man', 'back' and North of England and American accents' realization of 'glass' and 'bath'.
- /a/, as in (foreign) patte (French), Mann (German).
- /É‘Ë/, as in RP pronunciation of 'father', 'glass' and 'bath'.
- /É’/, as in 'got', 'watch' and 'want'.
- /É”Ë/, as in 'all', 'caught' and 'ought'.
There is also the name of the letter 'A', transcribed with the 'e- like' /eÉª/, which is also used in 'say' /seÉª/ and similar syllables.