Definition of indeterminate vowel in English:

indeterminate vowel

Line breaks: in|de¦ter¦min|ate vowel
Pronunciation: /ˌɪndɪˈtəːmɪnət ˈvaʊəl/


  • The vowel /ə/ heard in ‘a moment ago’; a schwa.
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    • One change was a tendency to reduce any short vowel in an unstressed syllable to a common indeterminate vowel.
    • Armenian has an indeterminate vowel, which sounds like the e in ‘laurel’; this appears as ë.

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