Articulatory Processes Explained

  • Assimilation: when a phoneme just wants to fit in with the other phonemes
  • Dissimilation: a phoneme going through its gothic stage in high school
  • Epenthesis: when a phoneme gains weight
  • Deletion: when phonemes get a little too friendly with each other
  • Devoicing: a phoneme coming down with laryngitis
  • Metathesis: phonemes playing musical chairs
  • Nasalization: a phoneme with a cold
  • Debuccalization: a phoneme losing its place
  • Lenition: a phoneme going soft
  • Fortition: a phoneme going to the gym (this almost never happens)