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Speaking With Skill: An Introduction to Knight-Thompson Speech Work

Speaking With Skill: An Introduction to Knight-Thompson Speech Work

Paperback Methuen Drama Modern Plays

By (author) Dudley Knight

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  • Publisher: METHUEN DRAMA
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 28mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 30 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 140815689X
  • ISBN 13: 9781408156896
  • Illustrations note: Line art
  • Sales rank: 91,218

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Actors and other professional voice users need to speak clearly and expressively in order to communicate the ideas and emotions of their characters - and themselves. Whatever the native accent of the speaker, this easy communication to the listener must always happen in every moment, onstage, in film or on television; in real life too. This book, an introduction to Knight-Thompson Speechwork, gives speakers the ownership of a vast variety of speech skills and the ability to explore unlimited varieties of speech actions - without imposing a single, unvarying pattern of "good speech". The skills gained through this book enable actors to find the unique way in which a dramatic character embodies the language of the play. They also help any speaker to communicate to a listener with total intelligibility without compromising the speaker's own accent; and to vary speech actions to meet different language needs. An audio DVD provides 116 tracks illustrating the exercises described in the book.

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Author information

Dudley Knight is Professor Emeritus of Drama at the University of California, Irvine, USA. An award-winning actor and director, he has written - and been written about - extensively in journals and books regarding voice and speech issues. He was Editor-in-Chief of A World of Voice; and has trained many leading voice and speech faculty in major professional theatre programs.

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Dudley Knight is one of the most respected voice and speech teachers in North America and highly regarded internationally. -- Janet Madelle Feindel, Professor of Voice and Alexander, Carnegie Mellon University, and author of The Thought Propels the Sound

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Preface Introduction Part 1: Making Sounds 1 Silence 2 The space that shapes sound 3 From silence to sound 4 The muscles that shape sound: the tool kit 5 "Phthong" shaping 6 Obstruents: obstructing the flow Part 2: Finding Language 7 Exploring the limits: Outlandish 8 Obstruents within language 9 The physical actions of obstruents in language 10 The empty obstruent chart 11 Making your own language An interlude: a daily articulation warm-up Part 3: Phonetics 12 Writing it down 13 Writing the consonants 14 Sound to word 15 Writing the vowels 16 American vowel phonemes 17 New vowels for diphthongs 18 All the vowel phonemes 19 Combinations 20 Mid-central offglide diphthongs 21 Polysyllabic words 22 Connected speech Part 4: The skills of intelligibility 23 Formal and informal speech 24 Consonant skills 25 Vowel skills 26 Putting it all together Index