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|Subject:||Technical Term for a Change of Vowel Sound?|
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.''
In linguistics, what is the technical term for that change?
Yardley, Pennsylvania, USA