The Clever Monks and the Lazy O: Why O sometimes says /ŭ/.
- Created: Tuesday, 09 September 2014 07:59
- Written by Liz Winter
We at Logic of English® have been teaching about vowels saying schwa in unaccented syllables and unaccented words for some time, as have other Orton-Gillingham programs. This concept, which we explain to students as a lazy vowel sound, explains thousands of words like a, the, amazing, precise, companion, easily, bicycle, and fountain.
However, there were a number of common English words that used a schwa-like sound in a way that remained mysterious. They were not explained by the concept of schwa. In these words, the phonogram O says the sound /ŭ/ in an accented syllable. The normal sounds of O are /ŏ ō ö/, and yet we have words like won, money, love, other, wonderful, mother, brother... Why, we wondered, was this so?