A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary: And Expositor of the English Language ... to which are Prefixed, Principles of English Pronunciation ...

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Stereotyped and printed for J. Johnson and T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1809 - English language - 691 pages
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Page 70 - ... word which, from its importance, the hearer has always the greatest occasion to observe : and this is necessarily the root or body of the word. But as harmony of termination frequently attracts the accent from the root to the branches of words, so the first and most natural law of accentuation seems to operate less in fixing the stress than any other.
Page 63 - Grammar, says it is sounded firm in the beginning of words, and more liquid in the middle and ends, as in rarer, riper ; and so in the Latin.
Page 63 - The rough r is formed by jarring the tip of the tongue against the roof of the mouth near the fore teeth : the smooth r is a vibration of the lower part of the tongue, near the root, against the inward region of the palate, near the entrance of the throat. This letter r is that which marks the pronunciation of England, and the former that of Ireland.
Page 41 - ... vowels. When vowels are under the accent, the prince and the lowest of the people, with very few exceptions, pronounce them in the same manner ; but the unaccented vowels, in the mouth of the former, have a distinct, open, and specific sound, while the latter often totally sink them, or change them into some other sound.
Page 11 - Л at the beginning of words where it ought to be sounded, and of sounding it, either where it is not seen, or where it ought to be sunk.
Page 72 - ... must have preceded the verb to water, as the verb to correspond must have preceded the noun correspondent ; and to pursue must claim priority to pursuit.
Page 235 - To insert a scion or branch of one tree into the stock of another ; to propagate by insertion or inoculation ; to insert into a place or body to which it did not originally belong; to join to jo nothe one thing so as to receive support from another. [Hf Nothing can be clearer than that Graff...
Page 70 - As emphasis evidently points out the most significant word in a sentence ; so, where other reasons do not forbid, the accent always dwells with greatest force on that part of the word which, from- its importance, the hearer has always the greatest occasion to observe : and this is necessarily the root or body of the word.
Page 80 - The secondary accent is that stress which we may occasionally place upon another syllable, besides that which has the principal accent ; in order to pronounce every part of the word more distinctly, forcibly, and harmoniously : thus, "Complaisant, caravan...
Page 2 - Is it the usage of the studious in schools and colleges, with those of the learned professions, or that of those who, from their elevated birth or station, give laws to the refinements and elegancies of a court ? To confine propriety to the latter, which is too often the case...

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