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Subject: Tongue Twisters
Question: I was wondering if there is any information about tongue twisters: if specific phonemes cause confusion, if only certain phonemes can be interchanged, etc. I need information from credible sources. Thank you for your time and help!
Reply: In addition to the article recommended by Dr Cruz-Ferreira, I would add that most tongue twisters feature repetition of identical or nearly identical sounds. I would guess that it's the closeness of the sounds repeating that matters rather than the sounds themselves. One place that collects tongue twisters. http://www.uebersetzung.at/twister/index.htm
Reply From: Elizabeth J Pyatt      click here to access email
 
Date: 26-Nov-2012
 
Other Replies:
  1. Re: Tongue Twisters    Madalena Cruz-Ferreira     (26-Nov-2012)
  2. Re: Tongue Twisters    John M. Lawler     (26-Nov-2012)

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