Linguistic Resonance is the name I propose for a collection of rhetorical/poetic devices that produce a musical, hypnotic, or memorable resonant flow in the sounds of a spoken phrase.

Forms of resonance include rhyme and similar ...; these devices deserve study from the viewpoint of neurolinguistics and human memory.

From the desire to assemble ourselves to improve the efficiency of human memory and the speed of access to it, it makes sense to link words to each other in multiple ways, such as through the use of synonyms and through cadence and harmonic vibration.


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