Wednesday, June 1, 2016

DEVICES USED AT THE PHONETIC AND PHONOLOGIC LEVEL


Phonetic devices are those which make use of the combinations and repetition of sounds, and of different patterns of rhythm. The most important devices are:
Alliteration: The multiple, close repetition of the same sound, aiming to imitate a given sound or to give a certain sensation. “That silly scent Willy sent Millicent.” The repetition of the sound “s” makes the reader think of the sound made by perfume being pulverized from a bottle.
Paronomasia: A play on words or a pun in which homophone words are used, although their meaning is different. “They delivered summer dresses to some addresses.“
Rhyme: Endings that sound similarly for different phrases, sentences or lines. “Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. / I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size.” In this case, both lines end with the same sounds, /īz/, so the word “lies” rhymes with “size”.

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