Is there a word in RP (Received Pronunciation) where the stressed vowel sound is a schwa?
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To quote wikipedia:
So it seems it has two meanings. One which by definition is unstressed. The other which can be in some languages.
Unlike other answers here, the answer is no. The schwa
You can see the Weak and strong forms as an example. Same goes for nouns.
Father is an example, or see this Wikipedia article, where I found this list:
Like I said under z7sg's answer, I can't understand why some dictionaries disagree.
In the past I had to train for Uni in order to recognize the different "vowel" sounds in English, I'm talking about BrE, and I found this, the British Council / BBC Phonemic Chart.
If you click on
See also this. When I used to do IPA transcriptions in my faculty, the schwa always figured in the unstressed syllables.
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The word schwa can mean two things:
If we go by the first definition, which is a phonological definition, then the answer is no, there are no stressed schwas in Received Pronunciation because schwa refers exclusively to unstressed sounds.
If we go by the second definition, which is a purely phonetic definition, then the answer is a resounding “maybe”. The second definition says “in IPA phonetic transcription” meaning the word schwa could refer to a vowel sound (in any language) that has the vowel quality defined as “mid-central”. Traditional phonetic descriptions of Received Pronunciation give the vowel quality of the NURSE lexical set as [ɜː], which is the IPA for an open-mid central unrounded vowel, a sound very close to but not quite the same as a mid-central vowel. However, a careful narrow transcription of some particular speaker’s production of the NURSE vowel might be given using the symbol [ə], in which case you could make the claim that this is a “stressed schwa”
Nevertheless, this is a pretty contrived scenario. The usual symbol used to transcribe the NURSE vowel is [ɜː] not [ə].
No. Schwa is never stressed in any English word.
The human voice is capable of stressing it of course and schwa is indeed stressed in other languages including Romanian.
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