A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language ...: To which are Prefixed, Principles of English Pronunciation ... Likewise, Rules to be Observed by the Natives of Scotland, Ireland, and London, for Avoiding Their Respective Pec

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J. Robinson, G. Wilkie and J. Robinson, George Robinson and T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1806 - English language - 87 pages

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Page 69 - As emphasis evidently points out the most significant word in a sentence ; so, where other reasons do not forbid, the accent always dwells with greatest force on that part of the word which, from its importance, the hearer has always the greatest occasion to observe : and this is necessarily the root or body of the word.
Page 3 - Authorities of our best Pronouncing Dictionaries are fully exhibited, the Reasons for each are at large displayed, and the preferable Pronunciation is pointed out.
Page 103 - The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read, With loads of learned lumber in his head, With his own tongue still edifies his ears, And always list'ning to himself appears.
Page 42 - When vowels are under the accent, the prince, and the lowest of the people in the metropolis, with very few exceptions, pronounce them in the same manner ; but the unaccented vowels in the mouth of the former have a distinct, open, and specific sound, while the latter often totally sink them, or change them into some other sound.
Page 62 - The rough r is formed by jarring the tip of the tongue against the roof of the mouth near the fore teeth : the smooth r is a vibration of the lower part of the tongue, near the root, against the inward region of the palate, near the entrance of the throat. This letter r is that which marks the pronunciation of England, and the former that of Ireland.
Page 11 - Is it the usage of the multitude of speakers, whether good or bad ? This has never been asserted by the most sanguine abettors of its PREFACE. ļi • authority. Is it the usage of the studious in schools and colleges, with those of the learned professions...
Page 11 - Grœcism of the schools, will be denominated respectable usage, till a certain number of the general mass of speakers have 'acknowledged them ; nor will a multitude of common speakers authorise any pronunciation which is reprobated by the learned and polite.
Page 62 - Grammar, says it is sounded firm in the beginning of words, and more liquid in the middle and ends, as in rarer, riper ; and so in the Latin.
Page 69 - ... necessarily the root, or body of the word. But as harmony of termination, frequently attracts the accent from the root to the branches of words, so the first and most natural law of accentuation seems to operate less in fixing the stress than any of the other.
Page 15 - Thus in the combination ea, they pronounce the words tea, sea, please, as if they were spelt tay, say, plays; instead of tee, see, pleese.

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