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schwa


Subject Linguistics

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631214816.1999.x


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A Roman lower case e rotated 180 degrees, <ə>. This symbol is commonly used in phonetic transcriptions to represent a mid-central unrounded unstressed V. The name schwa or shva derives from Hebrew šewa , the diacritic subscript <˙> introduced by the medieval Masoretes to represent the absence of a V or a neutral V in Hebrew writing. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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