Neutral vowel

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the vowel element having an obscure and indefinite quality, such as is commonly taken by the vowel in many unaccented syllables. It is regarded by some as identical with the ŭ in up, and is called also the natural vowel, as unformed by art and effort; it is also called the indefinite vowel. It is symbolized in some phonetic alphabets by the schwa (Guide to Pronunciation, 17.

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Warland mentioned the challenge of having to sing a weak syllable on a long tone, such as in the word "roses" where the issue becomes whether to sing the vowel like "eh" or neutral vowel (i.e.
Release the cheeks and lips, allowing the air to escape suddenly, and burst into a neutral vowel sung in the middle register.
This is a long and neutral vowel. Though, it is open yet it is not as open as the cardinal no.
In this regard, the TB-II system, in which an unmarked consonant may be read either as vowelless or with the neutral/inherent vowel a according to the reader's judgment, is typologically similar to certain non-Indic scripts such as Ethiopian and Meroitic, where vowelless consonants are written with the sign for a weak or neutral vowel which may be suppressed in pronunciation at the reader's discretion (ibid., 93-95, 101).
A vocalist produces [B.sub.4] on a neutral vowel /e/ for which the first formant ([F.sub.1]) is 500 Hz and the second formant ([F.sub.2]) is 1500 Hz.
Description: Schwa, the unstressed neutral vowel, covers a large area on the Danish vowel chart.
VoceVista proved essential to recognize if a neutral vowel was phonated in words ending with a consonant.
Depending on the length of the tongue, the tip should rest comfortably at or on top of the bottom front teeth, and the middle portion should be positioned for the neutral vowel [??].
In a neutral vowel like/e/or/v/, these formant frequencies occur around 500, 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500 Hz, all are about 1000 Hz apart from each other.
With your head in balance and the masseter and temporalis muscles released, say the consonant (l] with a neutral vowel. If you have a mirror, look to see whether or not your jaw moves.
Thus, as summed up by Van der Hulst and Van de Weijer, "the prototypical situation is that all vowels (regardless of their number) within a particular domain, usually said to be the (prosodic) word, agree with each other for one of their properties; interruptions of this pattern are due to neutral vowels or lexical exceptions" (1995: 501).
The neutral vowels, however, are exceptions, e.g., liina (scarf) is a mix of neutral and back vowels, and elama (life) has both neutral and front vowels.