Datapoint Mauritian Creole/ə - mid central unrounded vowel

Schwa occurs in three circumstances: (1) In a handful of high frequency words where standard French has this vowel but in which this was traditionally replaced by /i/ and/or /e/ in Mauritian Creole, but where the latter pronunciations have in recent years become stereotyped as indicative of lack of education. (2) In a small number of words recently adopted from English, e.g. [kəp] 'ice-cream cup', [rəgbi] 'rugby'. (3) As the second element in three centring diphthongs, treated here as separate segments.


Exists only in loanwords

Example 55-259:
dëmen [dəmɛ̃]