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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
One could also say that for the case in which the definite article
is followed by a word initial vowel, the allomorph has a tensed
vowel. For the case in which it is followed by a word initial
consonant, the allomorph is unstressed and has an unstressed
vowel. Note, too, that the allomorphy is based not on spelling but
on sound, e.g,. the (tensed) hour; the (unstressed) one.
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