schwa

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From German Schwa, from Hebrew שווא \ שְׁוָא(sh'va ,š’vā, nought).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: shwä, IPA(key): /ʃwɑ/
    • (file)
  • (humourous, unstressed) IPA(key): /ʃwə/

Noun[edit]

schwa (plural schwas)

  1. (phonetics) An indeterminate central vowel sound as the "a" in "about", represented as /ə/ in IPA.
    Synonyms: natural vowel, neutral vowel
    Coordinate terms: a-schwa, schwi
    Hyponym: schwar
    • 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 []
  2. The character ə.

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Italian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From German Schwa or English schwa, from Hebrew שווא \ שְׁוָא(sh'va ,š’vā, nought).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃva/, /ʃeˈva/, /ʃəˈva/, /ˈʃwa/ invalid IPA characters (//////)

Noun[edit]

schwa m or f (invariable)

  1. (phonetics) schwa (mid-central vowel)

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schwa m (plural schwas)

  1. (phonetics) schwa (mid-central vowel)