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    Is the short u sound the stressed schwa?

    Hello.


    I've been kind of dissecating the language and I found a bit of a problem when trying to separate words. The dictionaries around all transcribe the words with schwa sounds, but when I heard a teacher separating the words she didn't said the schwa, she said some other vowel similar to an short u sound, as in luck.


    For example: if I separate the word adorable (which Cambridge dictionary transcribes as /ə'dɔː.rə.bl/), would be: a.do.ra.ble.


    If you stress the two a's in there, would they sound as two short u's (ʌ.'dɔː.rʌ.bl)?



    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Is the short u sound the stressed schwa?

    In most dialects of British English, the neutral, relaxed, unstressed vowel that we produce in, for example, the, about, potato, adorable, is always different from the /ʌ/ vowel we produce in, for example, luck, money, etc.

    If you artificially stress the unstressed vowels in any word, they are likely to sound like a different vowel.

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    Re: Is the short u sound the stressed schwa?

    Quote Originally Posted by ngabriel View Post
    Hello.


    I've been kind of dissecating the language and I found a bit of a problem when trying to separate words. The dictionaries around all transcribe the words with schwa sounds, but when I heard a teacher separating the words she didn't said the schwa, she said some other vowel similar to an short u sound, as in luck.


    For example: if I separate the word adorable (which Cambridge dictionary transcribes as /ə'dɔː.rə.bl/), would be: a.do.ra.ble.


    If you stress the two a's in there, would they sound as two short u's (ʌ.'dɔː.rʌ.bl)?



    Thanks in advance.
    I presume you mean "dissecting"?
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Is the short u sound the stressed schwa?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    I presume you mean "dissecting"?
    Oh yes, you're right! I mixed up with portuguese, my first language. Our word for that is ''dissecar''.

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