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    Default omelette for schwa

    Is the schwa here pronounced as its original sound or a reduced sound as in between m and l here?
    omelette [|ɑ:mlət]

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    Default Re: omelette for schwa

    Not in adults. Children often avoid consonant clusters by inserting a schwa. My daughter had a soft toy called /'rǝʊzǝmǝri:/ (the name 'Rosemary' has only three syllables).

    (I assume you're aiming for an Am Eng accent. In Br English an /'ɑ:mlət/ is a (not very common) clothing accessory - an 'armlet'). The more commonly used word is 'armband' - worn, for example, at football matches and funerals; maybe there's a difference - no doubt someone will tell me!)

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    Default Re: omelette for schwa

    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: omelette for schwa

    No, it's a food. What I meant was if it is pronounced as /ɑ:mlət/ as in "offence [əfens]" or as /ɑ:mlt/ without any sound(reduced one) between "l" and "t".

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    Default Re: omelette for schwa

    This is an Am Eng pronunciation, but for me (!) that is a two sylable word- [om let]

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    Default Re: omelette for schwa

    All the speakers of both BrE and AmE that I know produce the same vowel in the final syllable of 'omelette' as they produce in the final syllable of 'armlet'. It's usually either /ə/ or /ɪ/, but it may approach /e/ for some speakers.

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