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See also: Schwa
schwa (plural schwas)
- (phonetics) An indeterminate central vowel sound as the "a" in "about", represented as /ə/ in IPA.
- 1882, B. W. Wells, “The Ablaut in English”, in Transactions of the American Philological Association, page 67:
- The participle has also, owing to the accent, the lightest possible forms; but here there was no reduplication, and so in class I. the "schwa" took the form e before single mutes or fricatives, and elsewhere o.
- 2006 April 27, Sylvia Moosmüller; Theodor Granser, “The spread of Standard Albanian: An illustration based on an analysis of vowels”, in Language Variation and Change, volume 18, number 2, Cambridge University Press, DOI:10.10170S0954394506060066:
- However, word-final unstressed schwa is deleted even by the speakers from South Albania, though to different degrees and dependant on the speech style […]
- The character ə.
indeterminate central vowel
schwa m or f (invariable)
schwa m (plural schwas)