Difference between revisions of "Talk:IPA phoneme /ə/"

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:Try saying: ''They live in Africa'' (one schwa) a couple of times - and compare that with: ''They live in America'' (two schwas) and you should hear/feel/notice the diff. --[[User:Technopat|Technopat]] 05:04, 6 May 2011 (UTC)
 
:Try saying: ''They live in Africa'' (one schwa) a couple of times - and compare that with: ''They live in America'' (two schwas) and you should hear/feel/notice the diff. --[[User:Technopat|Technopat]] 05:04, 6 May 2011 (UTC)
 
::I can force the schwa in anywhere. Which two syllables have the schwa in your accent?--[[User:Bob Mudford|Bob Mudford]] 05:58, 6 May 2011 (UTC)
 
::I can force the schwa in anywhere. Which two syllables have the schwa in your accent?--[[User:Bob Mudford|Bob Mudford]] 05:58, 6 May 2011 (UTC)
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:::Interesting. Web dictionaries agree on the first and the last but not always on the middle.  Webster's potentially has three  [http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/america  \ə-ˈmer-ə-kə, -ˈme-rə-\] the free dictionary has [http://www.thefreedictionary.com/america  əˈmɛrɪkə], Oxford has [http://oxforddictionaries.com/view/entry/m_en_gb0023550#m_en_gb0023550 /əˈmerɪkə/], Wictionary has [http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/America /əˈmɛrɪkə/].--[[User:Bob Mudford|Bob Mudford]] 11:40, 6 May 2011 (UTC)

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I really must learn to speak "proper" RP. Which are the two schwa vowels in America? In my accent I can pronounce it without any, although I can bring it out in the last one. Can it be əmericə? Aməricə sounds impossible and Amerəcə is also hard to believe.--Bob Mudford 17:39, 5 May 2011 (UTC)

Try saying: They live in Africa (one schwa) a couple of times - and compare that with: They live in America (two schwas) and you should hear/feel/notice the diff. --Technopat 05:04, 6 May 2011 (UTC)
I can force the schwa in anywhere. Which two syllables have the schwa in your accent?--Bob Mudford 05:58, 6 May 2011 (UTC)
Interesting. Web dictionaries agree on the first and the last but not always on the middle. Webster's potentially has three \ə-ˈmer-ə-kə, -ˈme-rə-\ the free dictionary has əˈmɛrɪkə, Oxford has /əˈmerɪkə/, Wictionary has /əˈmɛrɪkə/.--Bob Mudford 11:40, 6 May 2011 (UTC)