Schwa meaning

shwä
An indeterminate central vowel sound as the "a" in "about", represented as /É™/ in IPA and /@/ in SAMPA and X-SAMPA.
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Schwa is a vowel sound in an unstressed syllable, or the phonetic symbol "ə" which is the International Phonetic Alphabet symbol for schwa.

An unstressed syllable in a word, such as the "a" syllable in ago, is an example of schwa.

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A mid-central neutral vowel, typically occurring in unstressed syllables, as the final vowel of English sofa.
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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.
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The neutral mid-central vowel sound of most unstressed syllables in English: the sound represented by a in ago, e in agent, i in sanity, etc.
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The symbol (ə) for this sound, as in the International Phonetic Alphabet and this dictionary.
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The character É™, an upside-down, backwards, lower-case E.
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Origin of schwa

  • German from Hebrew šəwā’ probably from Syriac (nuqzē) šwayyā even (points) pl. passive participle of šwā to be even šwy in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • German Schwa, from Hebrew שְׁוָא (Å¡'vā), meaning "nought".

    From Wiktionary