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The Science of Speech, an Elementary Manual of English Phonetics for Teachers

Nature volume 81, page 124 (29 July 1909) | Download Citation



THIS is a concise, accurate, and interesting little manual, written by one who is evidently a master of the subject of phonetics, and knows how to communicate information. Nowhere have we seen so good an account of the muscular movements and the positions of the articulating apparatus. The book is intended for teachers, who often, in these days, are required to teach the elements of phonetics. or, at all events, to train children in the art of correct pronunciation and good reading. It is not a book to be read hastily. It requires a careful experimental study of the movements described, with the aid of a mirror, but the descriptions are so clear and the methods so simple and convincing that the accurate knowledge acquired will well repay all the trouble. The nature of vowels, consonants, diphthongs, digraphs, the distinction between voice and whispering, the various kinds of whispers, and the nature of the aspirate are fully explained.

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