Sandhi definition

sŭndē, săn-
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.
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(linguis.) Modification of the sound of a morpheme in a given linguistic context (Ex.: the pronunciation of the [ə] in “the man” as opposed to the [ē] in “the old man”, or of am as ['m] in “I am glad”)
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(linguistics) 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.
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Origin of sandhi

  • Sanskrit saṃdhiḥ union, sandhi sam together sem-1 in Indo-European roots dadhāti dhī- he places dhē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Sanskrit संधि (saṃdhi, “joining").

    From Wiktionary