Prosodia Rationalis: Or, An Essay Towards Establishing the Melody and Measure of Speech, to be Expressed and Perpetuated by Peculiar Symbols

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J. Nichols, sold by T. Payne, 1779 - English language - 243 pages
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Page xii - Welsh, use all these vowel sounds in their common pronunciation ; but the English seldom or never sound the u in the French tone (which I have...
Page 65 - This rhythm (with found) is of two kinds; " for it is either of founds not articulated, which may be " called mufical rhythm; or it is of founds articulated; and that
Page 86 - Senate, and where that is ufed, the extent of the flides are enlarged to the extreme, though the circumflex is never fo apparent as in the provincial tones. Example of a familiar Englifh interjection, ufed when a perfon is convinced by the relation of fome new circumftance not mentioned in the argument before. The...
Page 28 - Buchanan, 116 ftiall be nearly divided under the feveral degrees of emphafis of heavy (A), light (.•.), and lighteft ( . . ) ; as thus, A .'. A .'. A .. /. A .'. A Having premifed fo much, I will now give a general precept and example in the following fentence : To the firft member of the above fentence (which I have written in common time, as marked by ~), I have noted the accents, the quantity and cadence; to the latter member, which is in triple meafure, I have only marked quantity and cadence,...
Page xi - J o»= how, bough, fow, hour, gown, town, (this diphthong is founded long, dwelling chiefly on the latter vowel). The letters and founds, which in modern languages pafs under the names of diphthongs, are of fuch different kinds, that they cannot properly be known by any definition I have feen: for, according to my fenfe, the greateft part of them are not diphthongs.
Page x - I would not have presumed to meddle with any living language but my own ; the candid reader will therefore forgive and correct my errors, if I have made any in this place, by substituting such other French syllables as will answer the end proposed.
Page 14 - ... between them and the moderns. Had fome of the celebrated fpeeches from Shakefpeare been noted and accented as they fpoke them,: we...
Page 3 - Mr Fofter, from a partiality, very excufable, to his country, and its language, would fain perfuade us, that in Englifh there are accents fuch as in Greek and Latin. But to me it is evident that there are none fuch ; by which I mean that we have no accents upon fyllables, which are mufical tones, differing in acutenefs or gravity. For though, no doubt, there are changes of voice in our fpeaking from acute to grave, and vice...
Page ix - So that to try, according to the foregoing definition, to continue a diphthong found, the voice moft commonly changes immediately from the firft vowel found, of which the diphthong is compofed, by a fmall movement in fome of the organs, to the found of the vowel which makes the latter part of the faid diphthong, the found of the firft vowel being heard only for one inftant. For example, to make this experiment on the Englifh found of u, as in the word USE, which is really a diphthong compofed of...
Page viii - ... (or loudness) and emphasis, with their several degrees, were worse than lost ; their difference being tacitly felt, though not explained or reduced to rule, was the cause of confounding all the rest.

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