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Actually a question about a phoneme rather than spelling. Would the Oxford Dictionaries ever render a vowel in an unstressed syllable with ʌ for its standard pronunciation guides, or would the schwa tend to take the place of 'that kind of sound' unstressed syllables. It is possible to say an unstressed syllable with an ʌ, but the question is whether it is rendered with ʌ in the Oxford standard pronunciation guides. Would the schwa appear for that similar kind of sound in unstressed syllables?