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Pronunciation of Emma and Emma's

According to Wiktionary, Emma is pronounced as /ˈɛmə/ but I tend to hear it sounding more like /ˈɛmɑː/. However, when it comes to pronouncing Emma's, I hear it like /ˈɛməz/ and I hear a clear schwa ...
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American pronunciations of "practice" [duplicate]

American Pronunciations of "practice" Oxford advanced American English: /ˈpræktəs/ https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/practice_2 Oxford advanced ...
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Schwa in Webster dictionary [closed]

Why there are too many sounds marked by schwa in Webster's dictionary and how to recognize the correct pronunciation? E.g.: Cup /kʌp/ in Oxford and \ˈkəp\ in Webster Notice /ˈnəʊtɪs/ in Oxford and \...
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Different /ə/ pronunciation at the end of a word; for example, in "phenomena"

Sorry for my English but I'm a self-taught beginner. That's why I had been looking at the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) with high hopes until I saw phenomenon’s plural form. In the singular, ...
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Why does /ɪ/ often sound like /ə/?

For example: if you listen to the pronunciation of "seminar" in Oxford Learners Dictionary, it sounds like an /ə/ to me. BrE /ˈsemɪnɑː(r)
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/ɪ/ sound when not stressed

I've seen that some words in English are pronounced with the /ɪ/ sound when the vowel is not stressed. Some examples include: pocket /ˈpɒkɪt/, comet /ˈkɒmɪt/. But hundred /ˈhʌndrəd/. Is there any ...
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Is there always a difference between /ə(ɹ)z/ and /ɪz/?

Is there always a difference between the following two sounds: /ɪz/ as in the end of 'hedges' /ə(ɹ)z/ as in the end of 'ledgers' They seem super close. Is there any accent in which they sound the ...
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When to reduce and when not to reduce a vowel ([ɪ] & [i])

Most of the time people reduce vowels in speech when these are not stressed, but sometimes these unstressed vowels are fully pronounced, too. For example, most people reduce the [ɪ] to schwa and say /...
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Short i stressed and unstressed in English accents without weak merger

According to all English vowel chart, there is only one short i sound, so, it is the same sound in posItion and in rosEs, in the accents without the weak merger ? Thanks
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