Q: List some oronyms (phrases or sentences that can be read in two ways with the same sound).

A: The word "oronym" was coined by Gyles Brandreth, The Joy of Lex, William Morrow, New York, 1980. Such phrases are also call "mondegreens" or "junctures."

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And [laid him on the green/Lady Mondegreen?. Any [grey day/grade A? would be bad news for one professor I know. Are you aware of the words you have [just uttered / just stuttered?? Eugene O'Neill won a [Pulitzer Prize / pullet surprise?. Gladly, the [cross-eyed / cross I'd? bear. [He's had an attack / He sat on a tack?. He's a relic of the [dock cages / Dark Ages?. He would kill Hamlet for [that reason / that treason?. How did you do in the [contest / Kant test?? I don't know how [mature/much your? people enjoy such a show. I have [known oceans/no notions? that you yourself couldn't imagine. I like [sadder day/ Saturday?. If it keeps on [it singes its wings / its hinges, it swings?. If you listen you can hear the [night rain / night train?. I'll [leave 'n' / even? say goodbye. I'm taking [a nice / an ice? cold shower. It's a [dog eat dog / doggy-dog? world. It's a [Grade A / grey day? today. It's hard to [recognize speech / wreck a nice beach?. [Michael / Mike will? row the boat ashore. Oh, no! [This guy/The sky? is falling! On the coastline they are strengthening the [cedar fences / sea defences?. [Pinch her ear / Pinch her rear?. She's now in the [low weighties / low eighties?. [Some others / Some mothers? I've seen. That is [all most / almost? interesting. That reflects the [secretariat's sphere / secretariat's fear? of competence. That's the [biggest hurdle / biggest turtle? I've ever seen! The cost [of futilities / of utilities? is to high. The Focus Farm is where the [sun's rays meet / sons raise meat?. The girl with [kaleidoscope eyes/ colitis goes by?. The good [can decay many ways / candy came anyways?. [The sky / This guy? is falling. The [stuffy nose / stuff he knows? can lead to problems. They played the Bohemian [Rhapsody / Rap City?. We [needed a cantor / need a decanter?. Where is the [spice center / spy center?? / Why choose? the trademark of Pat Boone[./?? You'd be surprised to see a [mint spy / mince pie? in your bank.
See also
the archive entry "malaprop" the archive entry "telegrams"

Barry, W J, 1981, Internal Juncture and Speech Communication, Arbeitsberichte. Institut fu"r Phonetik. University of Kiel. Vol 16.

Brandreth, Giles, The Joy of Lex, 1980, New York: William Morrow and Co., pp. 58-59, who coined the word "oronym"

Cutler & Butterfield, Rhythmic Cues to Speech Segmentation. Evidence from juncture misperception, 1992, Journal of Memory and Language, Vol 31(2) 218-236 Provides materials in context frames where the alternative segmentations lead to one Vs two word parsings: in furs Vs infers.

Fowkes, Robert A., Juncture: Where It Sat, Verbatim, VI-2, Autumn 1979

Grice, Martine and Hazan, Valerie, 1989, The assessment of synthetic speech intelligibility using semantically unpredictable sentences, Speech, Hearing and Language, Work in Progress, University College London. The inferior quality of the synthetic speech often caused more than one type of error at once (bright eye -> dry tie).

Hoard, James E., `Juncture and syllable structure', Phonetica 15, 1966, 96-109

Hockett, Charles F. Hockett, A Course in Modern Linguistics, New York: Macmillan, 1958, 54-61

Lehiste, Ilse. 1960. An acoustic-phonetic study of internal open juncture. Phonetica 5 (supplement). pp. 5-54.

Nakatani L. H. & Dukes, K.D., 1977, Locus of Segmental Cues to Word Juncture, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol 62, pp 714-719 and

Price P, Ostendorf M, Shattuck-Huffnagel S & Fong C (1991) "The use of prosody in syntactic disambibuation" JASA 90 (6) pp2956-2970. It has some good examples,

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