sandhi

sandhi

[suhn-dee]
noun, plural sandhis. Linguistics.
morphophonemic alternation, especially as determined by phonetic environment, as in dontcha for don't you.

Origin:
1800–10; < Sanskrit saṃdhi joining, juncture

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sandhi (ˈsændɪ)
 
n , pl -dhis
linguistics modification of the form or sound of a word under the influence of an adjacent word
 
[from Sanskrit samdhi a placing together, from sam together + dadhāti he puts]

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