SCHWA By N., Pam M.S. - April 28, 2013 Mid-central, neutral vowel sound typically occurring in unstressed syllables in English. Symbol (?) used to represent an unstressed neutral vowel and, in some systems of phonetic transcription, a stressed mid-central vowel. SCHWA: "The schwa is an unstressed syllable in the English language." Related Psychology Terms INTERNATIONAL PHONETIC ALPHABET (IPA) SEMIVOWEL REBUS WRITING AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM (ANS) DYSPHONETIC DYSLEXIA PHYSICAL SYMBOL SYSTEM HYPOTHESIS SYLLABLE GUANINE ASSOCIATION VALUE SONANT Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "SCHWA," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/schwa/ (accessed August 8, 2020).