Igbo Vowel Assimilation and Vowel Elision

Igbo Vowel Assimilation and Vowel Elision
The Igbo terms for vowel assimilation and vowel elision are olilo ụdaume and ndapụ ụdaume respectively.

Igbo Vowel Assimilation
Vowel assimilation is where one vowel drops its sound and adopts the sound of the vowel that immediately precedes it or it immediately precedes. Vowel assimilation happens only in pronunciation, the words are not necessarily written as they sound.
Example, onye isi sounds onyi isi in pronunciation when said at a normal speech pace.
onye - one, someone, person
isi - head, top, source, main
onye isi means chairman or one who heads..... [school, church, police, meeting, etc.]


Vowel Elision
Vowel elision is where a vowel drops out, and the vowel that immediately precedes it or it immediately precedes is enough to convey the desired meaning. Vowel elision happens in pronunciation, and can be written as they sound.
Example, nwa oke sounds nwoke in pronunciation. The vowel 'a' drops out.
nwa - one/of
oke - male
nwoke means man