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CONTENTS.

PART FIRST.

OF THE VOICE.

CHAPTER 1.-ELEMENTARY EXERCISES OF THE VOICE.

Sect. I.

Sect. II.

Sect. III.

Sect. IV.

Of the Elementary Sounds of the English Language 31

Table I. Vowels....

33

Table II. Consonants.

34

Of Articulation .....

38

Table III. Combinations of Consonant Sounds. 40

Of the Time of the Voice...

48

Of Stress......

50

Radical Stress.

51

Table IV. Combinations of the Tonic Conso-

nants with the Long Vowels...

52

Table V. Combinations of the Atonics with

the Long Vowels...

52

Table VI. Combinations of the Long Vowels

with the Tonic Consonants

53

Table VII. Combinations of the Long Vowels

with the Atonics.......

54

Table VIII. Con nations of the Short Vow.

els with the Tonic Consonants..

54

Median Stress

55

Vanishing Stress

56

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A

PRACTICAL MANUAL

OF

ELOCUTION.

INTRODUCTION.

Importance of the study of Elocution.—How it must be prosecuted.-Encouragement to the learner.-Plan of the work.

Is a good Elocution of sufficient importance to deserve the attention of the American scholar? and can the principles of Elocution be so taught as to become practically useful to the speaker, or to him who is destined to become a speaker ?- These are important questions; and while a doubt remains in regard to them, even the youthful learner must hesitate to enter on the subject with the zeal necessary to ensure success in this or any other branch of useful study. In regard to the first, I should be doing injustice to the intelligence of the reader, to attempt to discuss it. Who are the men that in our great republic are now attracting universal attention? Who are they, to hear whom our Senate Houses, our Halls of Justice, and our Churches, are thronged to overflowing? Who are they, whom assembled multitudes, in our public halls, in the

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