Schwa Vowel Reduction in Phonological Syllables
西原, 哲雄 ,
Tohoku TEFL : JACET東北支部紀要
22 , 2016-03-01
In this paper, I show that schwa vowel reduction in English occurs in phonological syllables in addition to phonetic syllables. It is commonly said that there is a distinction between phonetic syllables and phonological syllables in syllable structure of languages as suggested by Takebayashi (1973): Phonetic syllables are based on the degree of sonority level of each segment. Phonological syllables, on the other hand, are not based on the degree of sonority level of each segment but the specific segmental order in individual languages. Even though there is much evidence for this dichtomy, it can be said that schwa vowel reduction in English is adequate from the viewpoint of phonological syllables based on the wrong sequences of each segment inventory in English language. Finally, I conclude that the knowledge of the fact that the occurrence of schwa vowel reduction in English pronunciation within the domain of (new) phonological syllables revised by the author is very important for learners of English.