Gemination across word boundaries?
Quick question. I suspect I know the answer but I want to make sure.
Since sound length is phonemic (
hoshii are two different words), if one word ends with a sound and the next word begins with the same sound, are they geminated or pronounced distinctly?
For example: mata aimashou. Is it /mataʔaimaʃoʊ/ or is it /mata:imaʃoʊ/?
I think the word you want here for the example you gave is elision, not gemination.
To address your question, however, I would say that you should pronounce each syllable in a Japanese sentence distinctly and evenly.
As a practical matter, yes, gemination and elision do occur in everyday conversation, but not so frequently that you need to worry about it at this level.