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Observations on Filmed and Filtered Vowels

Nature volume 130, page 475 (24 September 1932) | Download Citation

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PROF. E. W. SCRIPTURE1 has put forward a theory of the construction of vowel sounds, from which he concludes that “a vowel profile is a course of air vibration, muscular movement, nerve currents, and inner (psychic) activity”. In support of this he says: “[the vocal cavity] does not consist of a set of cavities connected by orifices but of one cavity of complicated form that cannot be analysed into separate cavities. … The shape of the vocal cavity is never constant for even the briefest instant; it is constantly and continuously changing according to the muscular movements that regulate it.” These suppositions require some amendment.

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    NATURE, 130, p. 275; Aug. 20, 1932.

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    Proc. Roy. Soc., A, 102, p. 752, et seq.

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    , "Human Speech", , 1930, p. 42.

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    Ibid., p. 292.

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    Ibid., p. 297.

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    Compare Paget's "Human Speech", pp. 285–288, with "Sound", pp. 285–288. Also Proc. Roy. Soc., 101, 391; 1922.

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    , "Human Speech", p. 298.

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