Definitions for schwaʃwɑ

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  1. schwa, shwa(noun)

    a neutral middle vowel; occurs in unstressed syllables

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  1. schwa(Noun)

    An indeterminate central vowel sound as the "a" in "about", represented as /u0259/ in IPA and /@/ in SAMPA and X-SAMPA.

  2. schwa(Noun)

    The character u0259, an upside-down, backwards, lower-case E

  3. Origin: Schwa, from שְׁוָא (š’vā), meaning "nought".

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  1. Schwa

    In linguistics, specifically phonetics and phonology, schwa refers to the mid-central vowel sound in the middle of the vowel chart, denoted by the IPA symbol, or another vowel sound close to that position. An example in English is the vowel sound in the second syllable of the word sofa. Schwa in English is mainly found in unstressed positions, but in some other languages occurs more frequently as a stressed vowel. In relation to certain languages, the name "schwa" and the symbol may be used for some other unstressed and toneless neutral vowel, not necessarily mid-central.

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