neutral vowel definition

  • adjective:
    • the vowel element having an obscure and long quality, eg is commonly taken by the vowel in many unaccented syllables. It really is regarded by some as identical using the ŭ in up, and it is known as in addition the normal vowel, as unformed by art and effort; it's also called the long vowel. It is symbolized in some phonetic alphabets because of the schwa (ə). See Guide to Pronunciation, § 17.
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