See also: Schwa
schwa (plural schwas)
- (phonetics) An indeterminate central vowel sound as the "a" in "about", represented as /ə/ in IPA.
- 1882, B. W. Wells, “The Ablaut in English”, in Transactions of the American Philological Association, page 67:
- The participle has also, owing to the accent, the lightest possible forms; but here there was no reduplication, and so in class I. the "schwa" took the form e before single mutes or fricatives, and elsewhere o.
- The character ə.
indeterminate central vowel