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Observations on Filmed and Filtered Vowels

Naturevolume 130page475 (1932) | Download Citation



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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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    Paget, "Human Speech", Paul Kegan, 1930, p. 42.

  4. 4

    Ibid., p. 292.

  5. 5

    Ibid., p. 297.

  6. 6

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

  7. 7

    Paget, "Human Speech", p. 298.

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