sandhi

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san·dhi

 (sŭn′dē, săn′-)
n.
Modification of the sound of a word or morpheme when juxtaposed with another, especially in fluent speech, as the modification of the pronunciation of don't in don't you from its pronunciation in isolation or in a phrase like don't we.

[Sanskrit saṃdhiḥ, union, sandhi : sam, together; see sem- in Indo-European roots + dadhāti, dhī-, he places; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

sandhi

(ˈsændɪ)
n, pl -dhis
(Phonetics & Phonology) linguistics modification of the form or sound of a word under the influence of an adjacent word
[from Sanskrit samdhi a placing together, from sam together + dadhāti he puts]

san•dhi

(ˈsʌn di)

n., pl. -dhis.
modification in the sound of a word or morpheme in connected speech, esp. as determined by phonetic environment, as in the pronunciation dontcha for don't you.
[1800–10; < Skt saṃdhi joining, juncture]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sandhi - the articulatory process whereby the pronunciation of a word or morpheme changes when it is followed immediately by another (especially in fluent speech)
articulation - the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech
References in classic literature ?
Stevie was not hurt, he had not even fallen, but excitement as usual had robbed him of the power of connected speech.
He answered my few words by a comparatively long, connected speech.
External sandhi consists in the modification of sounds at word boundaries in connected speech, and it is reported in English and German.
Although some non-core pronunciation features are considered neutral or even slightly useful to ELF intelligibility, other features such as weak forms and connected speech are considered detrimental to intelligibility between NNSs, and readers are encouraged actively to avoid working on these features.

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