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.
Release the cheeks and lips, allowing the air to escape suddenly, and burst into a neutral vowel sung in the middle register.
Phonate on the nondescript, neutral vowel that occurs naturally with the specified tongue position for inhalation.
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.
4] on a neutral vowel /e/ for which the first formant ([F.
Description: Schwa, the unstressed neutral vowel, covers a large area on the Danish vowel chart.
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.
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).
Thus a word containing only back vowels or back vowels plus neutral vowels will have back vowel endings: auto / autossa / autoissa (car / in car / in cars).