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This sound is a neutral vowel. It is used to represent the weak form of other vowel sounds. It is also used when a sound is a combination of a vowel and a consonant e.g water /wᴐ:tӘ/.

The vowel is a short version of the /ӡ:/ sound (vowel number eleven). One peculiar feature of this vowel is that it is always found in unstressed syllables. That is, it never has any stress wherever of occurs.

Examples are: – common spelling of /Ә/ sound (i) initial position e.g. agree, about, alone (ii) middle position e.g. comfort, contain, column (iii) final position e.g. measure, Africa, sailor

 

EVALUATION: Transcribe the following words and identify the vowel /Ә/ (i) manner (ii) library (iii) other (iv) Wonder (v) forward

 

ASSIGNMENT: Transcribe the following words and identify the vowel /Ә/ (i) backward (ii) harder (iii) sector (iv) failure (v) potato (vii) captor (viii) quiet.

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See also

DEMONSTRATIVE PRONOUNS

VOWELS /U/ AND /U:/

VOWEL /ᴐ:/ AND /ᴐ/

SYNONYMS

REFLEXIVE AND RELATIVE PRONOUNS

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