English Diction for Singers and Speakers Volume 1

English Diction for Singers and Speakers Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...(The last four, 6, I, 6, u, are identical with four out of the five primary vowels Italian.) The above regular sounds, consisting of the five long and five short vowels, are subject to several variations, according to their position in different words and their relation to certain consonants. Their other sounds are as follows: VARIATIONS OF A a (long Italian) as in ait, father, farm, harm a (short Italian) as in the sound ah, in past, last, fast, grasp. a as in all, fall, wall, small a " " what, want, wallow, watch a " " art, fair, dare, snare VARIATIONS OF E e as in erf, her, hefd, merge, verge e " " ere, there e " " prey VARIATIONS IN I 1 as in machine, magazine, intrigue I "" sir, bird, gird, fir VARIATIONS EST 0 6 as in nor, or, for o "" do, who, womb, canoe, wolf 6 "" son, some, monkey, cassock do " " food, soon, bloom, gloom, room 06 " " good, foot, wood, book, took, cook VARIATIONS IN U (long Italian) u as in rule, rude, rwin, rwby, rwmof u " " fwll, bwll, push, put, pull, bwtcher u " " wfge, swff, swfge, swfly, swrprise These numerous differentiations in the sound of each vowel render our language confusing enough without the added inconsistency of words that are pronounced the same, but written in a variety of different ways, as, for instance, cs, far, saw, hare, hair, --and per contrast, place, chaise, eight, gay, whey, great. How foreigners ever learn to speak English correctly is a puzzle! It is, in fact, impossible to do so by rule, for we have no vowel scheme to go by. The correct pronunciation can only be acquired orally, --by a feat of memory and a keen sense of sound. It is, therefore, by practise-tables and drill...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123675140X
  • 9781236751409