The rhythm of spoken words

asked 2019-07-14 13:11:11 -0400

lkcampbell gravatar image

I have noticed that certain words and phrases and sentences have rhythmic sounds when spoken aloud.

Examples:

Phenomenon or anemone: both words sound like drum beats.

Wasp's nests: The ends of each word sounds like a staccato hi hat cymbal.

Who edited it? I edited it.: Again, I can hear a predominant and steady rhythm when I say these two sentences aloud.

Is this some sort of linguistic concept at work here and, if so, is there a term that describes it? I would like to be able to look up other examples on the web if they exist and I don't know what term to google. Thanks for your input.

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My favorite is "dead headded Ed, edited it".

ksteimel gravatar imageksteimel ( 2019-09-04 12:03:01 -0400 )edit