occasional observations on English pronunciation features, phonetics, teaching and learning
Sunday 23 December 2012
a rarer type of assimilation
John Maidment in his blog of the 14th of December reports on a rare type of assimilation illustrated by examples such as something as /sʌnθɪŋ/ or himself as /hɪnself/. The speaker who used these assimilations is Fiona Bruce, broadcaster of the BBC News at Ten. On the 21st John heard another such assimilation. I was lucky to have recorded this news broadcast so that I'm able to provide evidence. Listen to the sentence "... But now on BBC One it's time to join our news teams where you are"; you clearly hear her say /taɪn tə/.
credit: BBC one
The phrase "time to" starts at about 0:06 in the zoomed-in version of the clip. Watch her lips!