Linking Continuous Consonants and Vowels
When linking vowel sounds and continuous consonant sounds, the sounds briefly blend. Therefore, the linked words my seat and mice eat could both be transcribed as /mɑɪsit/.
Despite their identical transcription, there are very slight differences in the pronunciations of these linked words. Transcriptions do not include these differences because the minute detail of a sound's duration is seldom transcribed.
Continuous consonant sounds at the beginning of a word are pronounced for slightly more time than the same continuous consonant sound at the beginning of a word. The s sound in the word seat is said for more time than the s sound in the word mice.
In addition, a vowel sound at the end of a word is pronounced for more time than the same vowel sound occurring mid-word; the long i sound of the word my is pronounced for more time than the long i sound in the word mice.
When these changes in sound duration are merged because of linking, a careful listener can perceive differences between my seat and mice eat, even when the words are fully linked with no pauses between words.
Practice linking from continuous consonants into vowel sounds:
Practice linking from a vowel sound into a continuous consonant:
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