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See also: a-Schwa



a-schwa (plural a-schwas)

  1. The vowel [ɐ], which lies between [a] and [ə] (true schwa).
    Coordinate terms: schwa, schwi
    • 2003, John R. Rennison and Friedrich Neubarth, An x-bar theory of Government Phonology, Living on the Edge, 28 Papers in Honour of Johnathan Kaye, Mouton de Gruyter, →ISBN, page 128:
      Fact is that non-low vowels before /R/ are lowered or form falling diphthongs with an a-schwa, which apparently calls for a spreading analysis.
    • a. 2008, Dorit Ravid, Wolfgang U. Dressler, Bracha Nir-Sagiv, Katharina Korecky-Kröll, Agnita Souman, Katja Rehfeldt, Sabine Laaha, Johannes Bertl, Hans Basbøll and Steven Gillis, "Core morphology in child directed speech: Crosslinguistic corpus analyses of noun plurals", in: Corpora in Language Acquisition Research: History, methods, perspectives (Trends in Language Acquisition Research 6), edited by Heike Behrens, 2008, John Benjamins, Amsterdam & Philadelphia, page 35:
      Similar to German, the a-schwa plural suffix may combine with Umlaut, and Umlaut can also be the only plural marker (i.e. "combine with zero").