Marc van Oostendorp
Schwa in phonological theory


Schwa as an underlying vowel; underlying schwa in the syllable; stress behaviour; feature attraction and the ban on emptiness; schwa as a mid vowel; ways to fill the void.

Schwa in the syllable

We have seen that schwa in French cannot occur in a closed syllable. In Dutch, there are also several restrictions on the syllable shape in which it can occur:

Schwa in stress


Schwa is quite easily deleted: