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PART I.

RULES FOR READING.

GENERAL DIVISIONS.

I. ARTICULATION.

II. ACCENT.
Ill. EMPHASIS.

IV. INFLECTION.

V. MODULATION.

VI. READING POETRY.

CHAPTER I.

ARTICULATION.

ARTICULATION Consists in giving to every letter its appropriate sound, and to every syllable and word a proper and distinctive utterance.

Articulation being the basis of all correct elocution, the beauty and harmony of conversation, of reading, and of oratory, depend perhaps in a greater degree upon this than upon any other principle. The student, therefore, who aspires to the distinction of being a correct and impressive speaker, may be assured that he cannot study it too minutely, or with too untiring perseverance.

Indeed, however readily he may pronounce the words of a sentence, or vary his tones and inflections, he cannot be called an effective and interesting reader or speaker, unless there be joined with these, a clear and distinct enunciation.

To aid him in the attainment of this, the following rules and tables are introduced.

RULE 1. A clear and distinct articulation should be given to the elementary sounds, employed in vocal ut

terance.

What is articulation? QUESTIONS. What are the general divisions of Part First? Of what is it the basis? How should it be studied? What is Rule First?

Name.

1 A

2 A

3 A

4 A

5 E

6 E

7 I

8 I

90

10 O

11 O

12 U

13 U

14 U

15 OU

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16 B Ebb

17 D

Odd

18 G Egg

19 J,Ġ

Jet

20 L Ill

SUB-VOCALS.

4:

A

A

E

E

I

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121 M

22 N

23 R

24 V

25 W

26 Y

27 Z

28 Z

29 Th

30 Ng

31 P

U

32 T

U

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ÔU ||34 Ch

35 H

36 F

37 Wh

38 S,C

39 Sh

40 Th

B

D

G

J

L

Power.

Him

Run

Bur

Ev

Woe

Yet

Buzz

Azure

Thy

Sing

ASPIRATES.

Up

It

Ark

Much

He

If

When

Sin

Fish

Thin

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* This tabular view of elementary sounds is introduced to exercise the pupil in the elements of the language. By most elocutionists they are considered to be forty in number; consisting of vocals, sub-vocals and aspirates.

The class, either individually or in concert, may first pronounce the word containing the element, and then the element itself.

This exercise should be continued, from time to time, until the sounds can be perfectly uttered.

QUESTIONS. For what is the first table introduced? What is its subject? How many and which are vocals ?. Sub-vocals? Aspirates ?

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