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Subject: Technical Term for a Change of Vowel Sound?
Question: I'm having a hard time identifying the technical term for the change to
the sounding of the ''e'' vowel in the English definite article ''the'' when
the next word begins with a vowel.

When the next word begins with a consonant, people in my area
typically sound the definite article as ''thuh.'' When the next word
begins with a vowel, they typically sound it as ''thee.''

Thuh book
Thee essay
Thuh camel
Thee aardvark

In linguistics, what is the technical term for that change?

Thank you,
Paul Schlicher
Yardley, Pennsylvania, USA

From: Paul Schlicher
Date: 14-Dec-2012
Replies:
  1. Re: Technical Term for a Change of Vowel Sound?    Marilyn N Silva     (15-Dec-2012)
  2. Re: Technical Term for a Change of Vowel Sound?    Elizabeth J Pyatt     (17-Dec-2012)
  3. Re: Technical Term for a Change of Vowel Sound?    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (16-Dec-2012)
  4. Re: Technical Term for a Change of Vowel Sound?    John M. Lawler     (15-Dec-2012)

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