Speak with Distinction

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 1990 - Performing Arts - 406 pages
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(Applause Acting Series). Widely recognized as the most complete and rigorous text of its kind since it was first published in 1942, Speak With Distinction is an invaluable resource. It presents a comprehensive study of the sounds of Spoken English in their most important phonetic environments. This most recent revision also adds much material for comparisons of speech sounds; suggestions for accurate, efficient and conversational ways of combining the sounds into connected utterance; indications that foster a working knowledge of two dialects of speech (General American and what Mrs. Skinner called Good Speech for classic and elevated texts); and beginning material to show application of the principles of Good Speech to well-written texts. Some important additions to the book are the extensive Glossary and Index, abundant guides to pronunciations, new sections featuring such details as the complete "Ask-List" of words, a program for the elimination of glottal attacks of vowel and dipthong sounds, greatly expanded practice material of phrases and sentences, and an updated Chart showing several levels of phonetic transcription and spelling equivalents in current usage. Speak With Distinction can be used in several ways: as a primary educational textbook for both the beginning and advanced actor; as a supplementary textbook for teachers and students who have their own methods and agenda for study; and as a reference book for teachers, speech coaches and directors.
 

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Contents

The Sounds of Spoken English
5
An Overview of the Consonant Sounds of Spoken English
12
How to Practice
28
Phrases and Sentences for Recording
36
How to Use Chapters Two Three and Four
46
Information About Vowel Sounds
52
The Mid Vowel Sounds
88
The Back Vowel Sounds
111
Information About Affricate Consonants
222
Information About Nasal Continuant Sounds
229
Information About the Lateral Consonant Sound
246
Information About the Fricative Consonant Sounds
254
Information About the Glide Consonant Sounds
304
Challengers for the Actor with Good Speech
334
APPENDIX ALEVELS OF PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION
376
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
384

Information About Diphthong and Triphthong Sounds
140
The AlwaysShort Diphthong Sounds of R
168
The Two Triphthong Sounds 1 85
186
Information About StopPlosive Consonants
193
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY
399
SKINNER DISCIPLES SPEAK OUT
405
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