The name of a vowel sound that is found only in unstressed positions in English. It is the most common vowel sound in English.
It is written as /ə/ in the International Phonetic Alphabet. In the English writing system, it can be written in many different ways.
- /əlɒŋ/ [along]
- /bʌtə/ [butter]
- /dɒktə/ [doctor]