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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.]
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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]
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(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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The romanization separates almost all words by making liberal use of the apostrophe wherever sandhi that replaces the final and initial vowels of succeding words would obscure their word boundary.
A commission was later formed, headed by retired Supreme Court justice Sardar Raza Khan, which declared Mr Nusratullah and Mr Sandhi guilty and referred the case to NAB.
Jyoti Kalash, Kumari Puja, Sandhi Puja, Navami Homa, Lalitha Vrat and Chandi Path are other famous rituals and events which are observed during the nine days of Navratri.( ANI )
These dialects are also noted for extremely complex tone sandhi systems.
Topics of the 12 papers include a typology of postlexical tonal neutralizations, a typology of tone system changes, common tone Sandhi processes across Sino-Tibetan languages, tonal neutralization in the Ikema dialect of Miyako Ryukyuan, and bilingualism and accent changes in Kagoshima Japanese.
He said that Ibrahim Joyo paved the way of Sindhi language and all the writers that write in sandhi language followed him in the language.
This chapter also touches upon borrowed phonemes, regional and diastratic variation, and what the author calls 'sandhi' (in the Anglophone literature, 'prenasalization', 'nasal-prefixation' or 'nasal assimilation' are common terms for this phenomenon).
Sub- Divisional Magistrate ( revenue) DC Sandhi on Thursday told news agencies that there was a cremation ground for Dalits in the village, but it was being illegally occupied by a few people of the same community.
Rajat Parr, Sashi Moorman and Steve Webster bought the Sandhi Wines brand in Santa Barbara County, Calif., from Terroir Capital.