Sibilance - What is Sibilance

What is Sibilance?

Simply put, sibilance is a hissing sound. Sibilance is actually a part of the phonetics of language. It's an acoustic characteristic of certain consonants and is created by the tongue directing a stream of air to the teeth. It's the hissing sound created when a person says words like this, sip, or chip. Or remember the saying "Sally sells seashells by the seashore?" That hissing is a perfect example of sibilance.

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