from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Modification of the sound of a word or morpheme when juxtaposed with another, especially in fluent speech, as the modification of the pronunciation of don't in don't you from its pronunciation in isolation or in a phrase like don't we.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cover term for a wide variety of phonological processes that occur at morpheme or word boundaries, such as the fusion of sounds across word boundaries and the alteration of sounds due to neighboring sounds or due to the grammatical function of adjacent words.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the articulatory process whereby the pronunciation of a word or morpheme changes when it is followed immediately by another (especially in fluent speech)


Sanskrit saṃdhiḥ, union, sandhi : sam, together; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots + dadhāti, dhī-, he places; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit संधि (saṃdhi, "joining"). (Wiktionary)



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  • hell of a lot better than 'assimilation'

    June 16, 2009