- 1 Post By BobK
I have some problems with assimilation and liaison in English. How can we connect these words ending in /S/ and /th/. (I am sorry I don't know how to write phonetic symbols)
For example: miss these
I found /th/ difficult to be assimilated. Can you show me some rules of assimilation in English. Thank you very much.
Re: connected speech
Each one of these liaisons involves the tip of the tongue sliding forwards, and each one involves an unvoiced consonant followed by a voiced one; but you can't just say 'assimilation makes the unvoiced consonant become fully voiced' - there's a difference between 'hit them' and 'hid them'.
Originally Posted by Squirrel_3110
In 'hit them' the /t/ is formed, but not* exploded forwards as a [t] sound.
The tip of the tongue starts the /t/ by touching the roof of the mouth just behind the teeth and slides forward down the top teeth. When the tip of the tongue is visible in a mirror the "them" starts.
*This is in normal speech. In very careful speech, there is plosion. (Read more here: Stop consonant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )
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