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The nature of these sounds , therefore , ought to be well understood ; and much
pains should be taken to discover and correct those faults in articulation , which ,
though often aseribed to some defect in the organs of speech , are generally the
OTHER defects in articulation regard the com . plex sounds , and consist in a
confused and cluttering pronunciation of words . The most effectual methods of
conquering this habit , are , to read aloud , passages chosen for that purpose (
In order to acquire a forcible manner of pronouncing your words , inure yourself
while reading to draw in as much air as your lungs can contain with ease , and to
expel it with vehemence in uttering those sounds which require an emphatical ...
... accent should be regulated , not by any arbitrary rules or quantity , but by the
number and nature of the simple sounds . ... sentence , gives to every part its
proper sound , and thus conveys to the mind of the reader the full import of the
... leading the reader to a uniform sound at every imperfect break , and a uniform
cadence at every full period . The use of points is to assist the reader in
ELOCUTION . xxiii.
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This reader was initially published as a British reader, and then imported to America. According to Henry W. Simon, it was first published in America in Philadelphia in 1799. He was unaware of this second American printing. There is also another printing -- from New York in 1812 -- of which he too was unaware. Thus far, these are the only three American printings of which I am aware. In a visit to the Harvard archives, I noticed in their records that the Institute of 1770, an early literary society there, often read aloud from Enfield in their meetings in the 1770s and 1780s (though this would have been a British version of the text, not the American one depicted here).