An ELT Glossary : The Yod / Yod coalescence

The Yod

  • Definition : The phoneme /j/, as in yes /jes/ and you /ju:/ - a voiced palatal approximant.
  • The yod is one of three "intrusive consonants" used in connected speech to link adjacent vowel sounds, as in Three of (them) /θri:jəv/  or We aren't /wi:jɑ:nt/

Yod coalescence

  • Definition /  The tendency of a final /t/ or /d/ followed by an initial /j/ to blend into an affricate - /ʧ/ or /ʤ/ respectively.
  • Examples :  Got you! in connected speech is likely to be pronounced /gɒʧu:/  rather than  /gɒt ju:/;   Would you becomes /wʊʤu:/  rather than /wʊd ju:/

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      Brown, G. Listening to Spoken English, Longman

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