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