08 January 2010

dd, i learned something new

I had always heard these terms, but never knew what they specifically meant:

Onset - A word's initial consonant or consonant blend.
Rime - A word's vowel and any final consonants.
Schwa - The vowel sound in many lightly pronounced unaccented syllables in words of more than one syllable.

(And yes, this does interest me.)

1 comment:

Tyler & Rose-Ellen said...

isn't a schwa the upside-down "e"? I think I used that when we did phonetics in language development.