Elements of public speaking

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byHarry Garfield Houghton

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII PRONUNCIATION The importance of correct pronunciation for the educated person cannot be overestimated. In public speaking it is indispensable, for the mispronunciation of a few common words which everyone ought to know marks the speaker at once as either deficient in scholarship or slovenly in method. No fault of the public speaker is more readily observed or more severely condemned by an intelligent audience than that of careless pronunciation. The student of speaking cannot be too painstaking in perfecting himself on this side of the work. He should exercise the same care with his pronunciation in speaking that he would with his spelling or punctuation in writing. Indeed, those who will judge him by his spelling or punctuation will likely be few compared with those who will pass judgment upon him by the way in which he pronounces common English words. It behooves him, therefore, to become as proficient as possible in his pronunciation. Pronunciation defined. Pronunciation is the correct utterance of words in four particulars: 1. Correctness of the vowel sounds, as "get," not "git"; "since," not "sence." 2. Correctness of the consonant sounds, as "profuse," not "profuze"; "exit," not "egzit." 3. Correct division of words into syllables, as " vow el," not "vow'l "; "elm," not "el lum." 4. Correct placing of the accent, as "entire'," not "en'tire"; "or'deal," not "orde'al." If words are properly uttered in these four respects, the pronunciation is perfect. But how rarely do we hear a speaker who is able to pronounce with accuracy even the common words of our language! The writer recalls having heard a Chautauqua lecture by a member of Congress, and having been surprised to hear the speaker in the course of an hour's address mispronounce no less...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII PRONUNCIATION The importance of correct pronunciation for the educated person cannot be overestimated. In public s...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217467229

ISBN - 13:9780217467223

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