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    Default Elision of Schwa sound

    ​Dear teachers and members:


    1) In regard to consonant clusters, the alveolar lateral approximant consonant /l/ and the alveolar approximant consonant /r/ when combined with some other consonants, it sounds as if they were only one consonant, for example:

    a) /cr/ as in CRIME /kraɪm/ b) /br/ as in BRIBE /braɪb/

    c) /pl/ as in PLACE /pleɪs/ d) /gl/ as in GLUE /ɡluː/


    2) In american English pronunciation (AmE) as I think in british English too (BrE), when a Schwa sound is between a consonant and an alveolar approximant consonant whether it be /l/ or /r/, the word may be pronounced with the Schwa sound, but the Schwa sound is mostly elided. I would like to know why this happen, and if those consonants have something to do with that, for example:

    a) Separate /ˈsɛpərɪt/ mostly sounds as /ˈsɛprɪt/

    b) Several /ˈsɛvərəl/ mostly sounds as /ˈsɛvrəl/

    c) Different /ˈdɪfərənt/ mostly sounds as /ˈdɪfrənt/

    d) Chocolate /ˈtʃɒkəlɪt/ mostly sounds as /ˈtʃɒklɪt/

    e) Counselor /ˈkaʊnsələr/ mostly sounds as /ˈkaʊnslər/

    f) Basically /ˈbeɪsɪkə/ mostly sounds as /ˈbeɪsɪklɪ/


    3) I think that the elision of Schwa sound occurring in the following words, it is a metathesis. I would like to know if there is a rule for that to happen or if it is an exception to a phonetic rule.

    a) Comfortable /ˈkʌmfər
    təbəl/ sounds like /ˈkʌmftəbəl/

    b) Vegetable /ˈvɛdʒətəbəl/ sounds like /ˈvɛdʒtəbəl/

    c) Diaper /ˈdaɪəpər/ sounds like /ˈdaɪpər/

    d) Diamond /ˈdaɪəmənd/ sounds like /ˈdaɪmənd/

    e) Disappearance /ˌdɪsəˈpɪərəns/ sounds like /ˌdɪsəˈpɪrəns/


    4) I also find the elision of Schwa sound in some verbs ending in ''ear'', ''are'' and ''air'', as well as in some nouns (care, share, etc,):

    a) Swear /swɛər/ sounds like /swɛr/

    b) Wear /wɛər/ sounds like /r/

    c) Bear /bɛər/ sounds like /bɛr/

    d) Compare /kəmˈpɛər/ sounds like /kəmˈpɛr/

    e) Declare /dɪˈklɛər/
    sounds like /dɪˈklɛr/

    f) Share /ʃɛər/
    sounds like /ʃɛr/

    g) Despair
    /dɪˈspɛər/
    sounds like /dɪˈspɛr/

    h) Repair
    /rɪˈpɛər/ sounds like
    /rɪˈpɛr/

    i) Impair
    /ɪmˈpɛər/ sounds like
    /ɪmˈpɛr/


    Your assistance and cooperation will be greatly appreciated


    Very sincerely,



    The Apprentice.
    Last edited by The apprentice; 05-Dec-2013 at 03:29. Reason: Editing and add something

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