Why 'TEFL" is pronounced with Schwa /tef.əl/ although it's an abbreviation?
What is the logic behind this of insertion a schwa sound?
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'TEFL' has two possible pronunciations:
The reason Anglophones insert a schwa is because the tautosyllabic coda cluster2 */-fl/ is not found in English (Phonotactic Constraints) and native speakers are unfamiliar with that cluster so they insert a schwa there or make the L syllabic. If it were */tefl/ (single syllable), it would violate the phonotactics of English.