In linguistics, an elision or deletion is the omission of one or more sounds (such as a vowel, a consonant, or a whole syllable) in a word or phrase. However, these terms are also used to refer more narrowly to cases where two words are run together by the omission of a final sound.[1] An example is the elision of word-final /t/ in English if it is preceded and followed by a consonant: "first light" is often pronounced /fɜ:s laɪt/.[2] Many other terms are used to refer to particular cases where sounds are omitted.

  1. ^ Harman, William; Holman, C. H. (1999). A Handbook to Literature (8th ed.). Pearson. p. 512. ISBN 978-0130127310.
  2. ^ Cruttenden, Alan (2014). Gimson's Pronunciation of English. Routledge. p. 314. ISBN 978-1-4441-8309-2.

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