As we saw in the page on Weak and Stong Syllables () a weak, unstressed syllable often has schwa () in it. But if the schwa is omitted, we are left with a SYLLABIC CONSONANT - a syllable where the vowel and the consonant have merged into one.
Instead of using Wells's method of showing this possibility with a raised schwa, I shall follow Roach's practice of marking certain consonants with a small vertical line beneath them to show that they are SYLLABIC.
The syllabic consonants in English are:
Syllabic r occurs in words like
button widen rotten bottle little wobble able
And even syllabic and sometimes occur:
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