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Published on Aug 26, 2011
The term 'linking' refers to the joining together of words. In order to have a smooth, connected delivery, it is necessary to emphasize certain aspects of the joining of words. For example, there is the tendency in naturally-spoken English to attach the final consonant of one word to the first syllable of the next, especially if the second word begins with a vowel.
Native English speakers generally speak by linking words and almost never break the individual words apart unless they slow down. These spoken connections can be represented in phonetic transcriptions. So the first consideration of connected speech is the linking between words.
The sounds that are produced between the words are called semivowels or 'glides'.
When the ending of one word blends into the sound of the beginning of the following word, assimilation takes place.