I am wondering how Korean pronounce the patchim ㅅ in 맛 of the adjectives below.

  1. 맛있다
  2. 맛없다

When read words (맛, 있, 다) separately the ㅅ in 맛 sounds like ㄷ. However, because the word after 맛 (있 and 없) starts with a vowel so we tend to connect the patchim with the vowel. In this case, I am not sure how would you pronounce the patchim, ㄷ or ㅅ?

  1. 맛있다 is read as 마 딨 다 or 마 싰 다

  2. 맛없다 is read as 마 덦 다 or 마 섮 다

Thanks for help!

1 Answer 1

  1. 맛있다 is read as 마싣따, as if it were one "phonological word"
  2. 맛없다 is read as 마덥따, as if it were 맛 and 없다 as two phonological words See here.

You can find recordings here in this TTMIK Lesson.

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    마딛따 is also a correct pronunciation of 맛있다 although I hardly hear 마싣따 in real life. My father, a former high school Korean teacher, is pretty much the only person who pronounces it as 마딛따 in everyday life. But it is a valid pronunciation.
    – baxang
    Commented Mar 22, 2017 at 5:20
  • According to 표준어 규정 제2부 제4장 제15항, there are the two correct ways to pronounce 맛있다: 마딛따 and 마싣따.
    – Klmo
    Commented Jun 24, 2019 at 21:29

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