Notes on Scottish English.vowel sounds
The following very helpful notes on Scottish English were kindly provided by Eleanor Lawson, lecturer in phonetics and phonology at Oxford University's phonetics laboratory, with contributions from Tim Bowyer in square brackets:
is a feature of Scottish English that we don't have as many vowel sounds
as speakers with English accents. We lack about five vowel sounds that English
speakers use. Scottish speakers don't use a schwa sound like English speakers.
The sound in 'the' is the same as the sound in 'bit'. The other words in
the list after 'the' have various different vowels in them, but never schwa
[Tim's comment : and yet I could swear I've heard Scottish citizens use
the schwa, not only sometimes in "the"
but also in such words as "frivolous"].
[A last note from Tim : All of the English sounds in fonetiks are categorised and transcribed according to their British English identity, and solely to facilitate comparisons. Please disregard the categorisation and transcription of the other six Englishes; the sounds are authentic and speak for themselves. The same applies for French and French Canadian, and for German and Swiss German.]