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What is elision?

 

Definition
 

Elision is the omission of sounds, syllables, or words in spoken or written discourse.

Discussion
 

Unstressed syllables and words are the most prone to be elided.

Examples
 
  • /kamra/ 'camera'
  • cuppa tea 'cup of tea'
  • cats 'n dogs 'cats and dogs'
See also
 
Source
 

Crystal 1991:119–120


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