Linking Same and Similar Continuous Consonants
Continuous consonant sounds are created when air flows continuously through a constricted area of the vocal tract. When pronouncing continuous consonants, the air is never completely blocked by any part of the vocal tract.
To link from one continuous consonant into the same continuous consonant, the linked consonant sound is extended, or pronounced for a slightly longer amount of time than a normal, single sound.
For example, the r sound is a continuous consonant. When the r sound is linked to another r sound, the r sound is pronounced for more time than if it is linked to a different sound. Compare the phrase "more rice" (linking r sound to r sound) to the phrase "more ice" (linking r sound to vowel sound). The r sound of the phrase "more rice" is said for a longer duration.
Practice linking the same continuous consonant:
Fricatives are a type of continuous consonants that have voiced and unvoiced sounds. Voiced and unvoiced pairs are created with the same shape of the vocal tract; the difference between the sounds is whether the vocal cords vibrate during the sound or not. To transition between voiced and unvoiced counterparts, the vocal cords must turn on or off during the sound. There should be no break or silence between linked voiced/unvoiced pairs.
Practice linking similar continuous consonants:
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