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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 /ˈbeɪsɪkəlɪ/ 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 /ˈkʌmfərtəbəl/ 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 /wɛr/

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.
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