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...ations and it gives us the opportunity to learn how to correctly pronounce new words in our language. This leads into the different articulatory processes in speech. They make words easier to articulate, speech easier to perceive which in the end leads to articulation being more efficient. The names of some of the processes are assimilation, deletion, epenthesis, and metathesis. These are articulation errors that usually occur at a young age and if not fixed by a certain age, therapy is the next step. A similar study called phonology is the description of systems and patterns of speech sounds in a language. It is usually based on what every native speaker knows about the sound patterns they are aware of that language. A phoneme is the smallest unit of sound that deals with meaning while an allophone is a variation of a phoneme but doesn’t change the meaning.
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