What processes occur or are likely to occur? Is it assimilation? When focused on the /t/ in it.

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  • You mean like in "Twas the night before Christmas"? – Hot Licks Mar 28 at 19:24
  • Like in the sentence "It was lovely" what happens to the /t/ in the word (it), what occurs when focused on the /t/, like does it change the next following word or will the pronunciation of the word change due to the next word etc. – Rosia Mar 28 at 19:35
  • Search this site for "glottalization." There are a lot of discussions about it; I'm not sure which one is most relevant. – Juhasz Mar 28 at 19:42
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    Deletion is quite likely to occur: [ɪwɵz] is a common pronunciation of those two words if unstressed. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 28 at 23:43

I can guess (as I don't have an example of the actual speech) there's a case of double partial assimilation in the combination of [tw].

[t] sounds labialized because of the sonorant [w], and [w] sounds a little voiceless because of the voiceless [t].

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