As we saw on Thursday’s class, we had a short review about what linking, assimilation and elision are. But now I am going to try to explain what elision is. Firstly, I want to remind you what elision is: The omission of one or more sounds in a phrase or in a word. Some letters which are between two consonants do not sound; this refers to the sound that will be silenced. This can help the speaker to pronounce words in an easier and quicker way.
Some examples of these words are:
comfortable: /ˈkʌmfərtəbəl/ → /ˈkʌmftərbəl/
fifth: /ˈfɪfθ/ → /ˈfɪθ/
him: /hɪm/ → /ɪm/
laboratory: /læˈbɔrətɔri/ → /ˈlæbrətɔri/ (American English), /ləˈbɔrətri/ (British English)
temperature: /ˈtɛmpərətʃər/ → /ˈtɛmpərtʃər/, /ˈtɛmprətʃər/
vegetable: /ˈvɛdʒətəbəl/ → /ˈvɛdʒtəbəl/
As we noticed in the song Don’t speak, we went over some of the occurrences of elision. Elision happens mostly in songs, in poetry, in theatrical plays, in order to maintain a particular rhythm.
WEB SITES which can be useful for studying more about elision