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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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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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|Noun||1.||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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