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message 1: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 15767 comments Mod
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message 2: by Carol (new)

Carol | 10390 comments Looks like a llama to me.

message 3: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 15767 comments Mod
Oh, but llamas are often stressed. Have to keep moving around up there.

Whereas the Great American Schwa is always stuck between two consonants.

message 4: by Carol (new)

Carol | 10390 comments LOL! You got me. Heehee

message 5: by Ken (new)

Ken | 18313 comments Mod
The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman

I actually read this book. The things teachers do....

message 6: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 15767 comments Mod
   [shwah] Show IPA
noun Phonetics.
the mid-central, neutral vowel sound typically occurring in unstressed syllables in English, however spelled, as the sound of a in alone and sofa, e in system, i in easily, o in gallop, u in circus.
the phonetic symbol ə, used to represent this sound.

message 7: by Debbie, sardonic princess of cheerfulness (new)

Debbie (sardonicprincessofcheerfulness) | 6387 comments Mod
So it's a vowel that mimics another?

message 8: by Ruth (last edited Oct 29, 2011 10:38AM) (new)

Ruth | 15767 comments Mod
It's just sort of a nondescript "uh" sound in place of a clear vowel. Particularly plentiful in spoken American English.

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