Accent Activities: Pronunciation Supplement to Speaking. Part Six: Sound Linking in Thought Groups, pages 57-60
Who It’s For: Intermediate & Above English (as a Second Language) Teachers, Helpers, & Learners Adding Sound Linking to Their “Accent-Polishing” Repertoire
Why It’s Useful: Along with “Rhythm,” “Timing,” and/or “Pausing After Thought Groups,” speakers trying to simulate or acquire a (standard) American-English accent may wish to add “Sound Linking” to their oral output. Within a Thought Group, there are three instances when the final sound of one word can be attached to the initial sound of the next: a Consonant to a Vowel, a Vowel to a Vowel, and a Consonant to a Consonant. Here are explanations and annotated examples to practice with. The excerpt culminates in an amusing anecdote to read aloud according to its markings—or to “edit orally” for even better effect (bigger laughs).
What You’ll Do: