While /iə/ is phonemically a sequence of two reduced vowels /i/ and /ə/, it is phonetically varisyllabic, so that California, for example, can be pronounced [ˌkæl.ɪˈfɔːr.ni.ə] or [ˌkæl.ɪˈfɔːr.nɪ.ə] (with five syllables) or [ˌkæl.ɪˈfɔːr.njə] (with four syllables). This [jə] can be regarded as a phonetic diphthong [i̯ə], and it may be similar to the NEAR vowel (/ɪər/) in some non-rhotic accents (e.g. conservative RP). It must be transcribed as /iə/, not /i.ə/, because the latter would falsely suggest that the disyllabic pronunciation is the only possibility. Disyllabic pronunciation is mandatory across word boundaries, as in happy again.