Term: Assimilation

Definition:

When sounds change because of the sound that comes after them, it is assimilation. For instance, the ten in ten pounds can sound like tem because the final consonant   ,/m/, is pronounced with the same lip position as /p/. This is often done in connected speech, where the words are run together rather than being pronounced individually.

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