I'm doing english A Level Coursework, and I'm just wondering what the technical term is for running words together, or talking really fast so that a few words come out sounding like they are one word. Holly
I can't think of one word in English for that. We would say, "he was talking on top of himself'/'they were talking on top of each other'
In most ELT writing, rapid delivery is referred to as 'connected speech.'
In linguistics analyisis of pronunciation there are various terms such as:
assimilation - where d sounds next to p, b or m sounds run into each other, like in 'handball'
elision - where you drop the sound of a word, as in 'Christmas' or 'sandwich'
absorption - where the sounds of words run together, as in 'a nice house' - 'an ice house'.
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