Orthophony, Or, the Cultivation of the Voice in Elocution
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1848. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... dence on the report? Is it probable that such an event could have been kept so long concealed?" "Shall we adopt the measures proposed by this speaker? Are the arguments which he has advanced sufficient to produce conviction? Can we proceed with perfect confidence that we shall not have to retrace our steps?" "Does the work relate to the interests of mankind? Is its object useful, and its end moral? Will it inform the understanding, and amend the heart? Is it written with freedom and impartiality? Does it bear the marks of honesty and sincerity? Does it attempt to ridicule anything that is good or great? Does a manly style of thinking predominate in it? Do reason, wit, humor, and pleasantry, prevail in it? Does it contain new and useful truths?" CHAPTER VII. "TIME." The chief characteristics of utterance, which are subjects of attention in vocal culture, are the "quality" of the voice, as sound, merely, and its "expression," as produced by "force," "stress," "melody," or "pitch," and "time,"--properties equivalent to those which are comprehended, in music, under the heads of" quality," "dynamics," (force, ) "melody," and "rhythm," (the effect of the union of " accent," or comparative force, and " time," on the sequence of sounds.) The subject of " time " is that which remains to be discussed, as the ground of practical exercises in elocution. "QUANTITY." The study of time, as a measure of speech, will lead to the primary classification of single vowel sounds, as long or short, in duration, according to their character and expression, as elements of language. The contrast, in the duration of the "tonic element," or vowel sound, a, in the words male and female, will furnish examples; the a in the former being much longer, or, in other words, occupying a muc...
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