Linking Vowel to Vowel
When one word ends with a vowel sound and the next word begins with a vowel sound, we link the words with a sort of Y or W sound. It depends on the shape of our mouth at the end of the first word.
When the first word ends in an a, e, i vowel sound [ eɪ / i: / aɪ ], our lips are wide. Then we insert a Y sound at the beginning of the next word:
|write||They all buy at the arcade.|
|say||theyyall buyyat theyarcade|
Here are some more examples of word pairs that are linked with Y.
- lay out, may I, say it
- he ate, she is, we are
- high up, my arm, why ever
When the first word ends in an o, u vowel sound [ əʊ / u: ], our lips are round. Then we insert a W sound at the beginning of the next word:
|write||You all go out too often.|
|say||youwall gowout toowoften|
Here are some more examples of word pairs that are linked with W.
- no other, show off, grow up
- you are, too often, throw it