Linking Continuous Consonants and Vowels
At its simplest, linking vowel sounds and continuous consonant sounds requires only blending from one sound into the next. Therefore, the linked words my seat and mice eat could both be transcribed as /mɑɪsit/. For the beginner English learner, that is enough to know. However, intermediate and advanced learners may want a more complete understanding.
Despite the identical broad transcription of my seat and mice eat, there are slight differences in the pronunciations of these linked words. To show the small, allophonic variations of the sounds's pronunciation, we'll use narrow transcriptions (denoted by the [ ] symbols).
A continuous consonant sound at the beginning of a word is pronounced for slightly more time than the same continuous consonant sound at the end of a word. Therefore, the /s/ in the word seat is pronounced for more time than the /s/ in the word mice. The longer /s/ can is represented as [sː] in narrow transcription (using ː to denote the lengthened sound).
Because of the change in sound duration, a careful listener can perceive differences between my seat and mice eat, even when the words are fully linked.
Practice linking from a continuous consonant into a vowel sound:
Practice linking from a vowel sound into a continuous consonant:
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