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Elocution and general phonetic theory: John Herries

Authors
Journal
Histoire Épistémologie Langage
0750-8069
Publisher
EDP Sciences
Publication Date
Volume
7
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3406/hel.1985.1318
Disciplines
  • Linguistics

Abstract

ABSTRACT: During the second half of the 18th century in Britain a strong movement to improve the standard of public speaking led · to the publication of a number of works on elocution, or · the art of effective delivery. Since these attempted to desc, ribe the components of speech, so that the speaker could obtain conscious control over them, they constitute an important episode in the bistory of phonetics. John Herries, author of one of these works, is notable in paying more attention than most to · the mechanism of speech production. In the present article bis book is surnmarised with particular reference to this, and sorne comparison is made of bis treatment of nonsegmental features of speech with that of other contemporary writers.

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