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 (sŭn′dē, săn′-)
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.]


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]


(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]
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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
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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.
The decrease in loudness combined with the increase in F0 and decrease in L/H ratio for the connected speech tasks suggest possible postperformance vocal fatigue and increased strain.
The first chapter, by Ghinwa Alameen and Levis, covers Connected Speech Processes (CSPs).
sup][11],[12] SIR consists of five categories (from 1 to 5) that based on spontaneous speech intelligibility: The category 1 and 2 indicate that connected speech is unintelligible to listeners; the category 3 and 4 manifest that speech can be intelligible to a listener who concentrates and lip-reads or has experience of a deaf person's speech; and the category 5 manifest that connected speech is intelligible to all listeners.
It includes information on acoustic phonetics throughout, and content from the third chapter in the previous edition is now in the chapters on vowels, consonants, connected speech, and applied phonetics.
External sandhi consists in the modification of sounds at word boundaries in connected speech, and it is reported in English and German.
Most difficulties that impede an accurate decoding of the spoken text in English are related to the phonetic-phonological phenomena specific to connected speech.
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.
Then Scheer added parenthetically: "For newspaper editors inclined to strike my reference in this syndicated column to our 'idiot president' as excessively pejorative, I refer them to one definition of 'idiot' in Webster's New Riverside University Dictionary: 'being unable to guard against common dangers and being incapable of learning connected speech.
For example, none of the participants used final cluster reduction in single words; however, 100% of the participants used it in connected speech.
How surprised I was to find myself talking to native-English speaking Americans and understanding little of what was being said, because of their fast connected speech and use of idioms.

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