Ling 131: Language & Style
Topic 5 (session A) - Sound > Alliteration and Assonance Revisited
|Sounds and meanings|
|Alliteration and assonance|
|Alliteration and assonance revisited|
|Meeting at night|
|Sound symbolism checksheet|
|Topic 5 'Tool' summary|
Alliteration and Assonance Revisited
As we noted at the beginning of the Alliteration and Assonance page, alliteration is usually described as the repetition of the same individual consonant sounds, and assonance as the repetition of the same vowel sounds. But do all sound repetitions count as alliteration or assonance?
Given that there are only around 45 phonemes in any dialect of English, statistically phoneme repetition is going to happen a lot. So it is unlikely that all repetitions will be perceived as alliteration/assonance by readers.