| Definition -
A general term for a variety of phonological processes that occur at either morpheme or word boundaries.
Some examples of the phenomenon are:
(1) The fusing of sounds across word boundaries, e.g. in English when we use an if the following word begins with a vowel and a if it does not.
(2) The alterating of sounds in response to neighboring sounds.
(3) The altering of sounds due to the grammatical function of adjacent words.
Etymology - The word means "joining" in Sanskrit.