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schwa

 (shwä)
n.
1. A mid-central neutral vowel, typically occurring in unstressed syllables, as the final vowel of English sofa.
2. The symbol (ə) used to represent an unstressed neutral vowel and, in some systems of phonetic transcription, a stressed mid-central vowel, as in but.

[German, from Hebrew šəwā', probably from Syriac (nuqzē) šwayyā, even (points), pl. passive participle of šwā, to be even; see šwy in Semitic roots.]

schwa

(ʃwɑː) or

shwa

n
1. (Phonetics & Phonology) a central vowel represented in the International Phonetic Alphabet by (ə). The sound occurs in unstressed syllables in English, as in around, mother, and sofa
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) the symbol (ə) used to represent this sound
[C19: via German from Hebrew shewā, a diacritic indicating lack of a vowel sound]

schwa

or shwa

(ʃwɑ)

n., pl. schwas or shwas.
1. the mid-central, neutral vowel sound typically occurring in unstressed syllables in English, as the sound of a in alone and sofa or u in circus.
2. the phonetic symbol ə, used to represent this sound.
[1890–95; < German < Hebrew shəwā name of a diacritic marking schwa or no vowel]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.schwa - a neutral middle vowel; occurs in unstressed syllables
vowel, vowel sound - a speech sound made with the vocal tract open
murmur vowel, murmur - a schwa that is incidental to the pronunciation of a consonant
Translations

schwa

schwah [ʃwɑː] Nvocal f neutra

schwa

n (Phon) → Schwa nt
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Such a radical method may be unrealistic with the elusive nature of the schwa.
This article will introduce schwa types, a categorization that typifies schwas according to their sounding (how they are carried out), regardless of their notation.
A type 1 schwa refers to when the penultimate syllable of a word is sung as written, without elongating its value, and the onset of the schwa is rhythmically accurate.
The penultimate syllable is consistently elongated, the onset of the schwa delayed, and its duration shortened to a fraction of its value.
On the other hand, he sings one of the four traditionally notated muted es, on the word cloche, as a type 2 schwa.
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