The articulate voice: an introduction to voice and diction
Most books about voice and diction are geared toward a specific audience -- some focus on actors and broadcasters, some on speakers and leaders, others on foreigners who are learning English as a second language, and still others on people who simply need additional guidance about voice and diction. But this book covers them all. This book taps into research to help readers understand why voice improvement is vital to a positive image. A basic book for voice and articulation, this guide introduces principles of voice production and techniques for improving pitch, rate, volume, and quality. Photographs enable readers to see the shape of the mouth for certain sounds, General American English is used as an "industry standard to teach vowels and consonants. The book clearly and concisely describes voice production and explains its companion component-- hearing. Public speakers, communication specialists, ESL specialists and students, broadcasters, theater performers, and anyone interested in improving their voice and diction.
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alveolar ridge American English articulation back vowels begin Blends breath support Broadcasting called Chapter Classification Cognate combinations communication Consonants produced Contrast Drill Words Description Drill Words dialect diphthongs Drill Sentences Drill Words Initial end positions English language example Exercise exhalation FOCUS MESSAGE following lists fricative front vowels glide glottis hear inflection inhale Initial Medial End International Phonetic Alphabet intonation larynx linguistic lips listener loudness level manner of articulating meaning mid vowels mid-mouth mouth nasal non-native speakers palate paralinguistic passage pause person pharynx phoneme Pitch change pitch level plosive positions in words pronunciation relaxed rhythms sample words schwa slightly soft palate speak stressed and unstressed syllabic stress syllables in words symbol teeth tense Tip of tongue unstressed syllables upper gum ridge upper molars variations various spellings velum Vocal folds vibrate vocal quality voiceless words for various Words Initial Medial