The Speaker, or, Miscellaneous pieces: selected from the best English writers, and disposed under proper heads, for the improvement of youth in reading and speaking : to which is prefixed, an essay on elocution
John Bioren & Thomas DeSilver, 1808 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 400 pages
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OTHER defects in articulation regard the complex 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 (such
..Those which respect the pronunciation of words are innumerable. Some of the/
principal of them are : omitting the aspirate h where it ought to be used, and
inserting it where there should be none ; confounding and interchanging the -v
and w ...
the words, but depending upon the intention of the speaker, or some accidental
circumstance. The following short sentence may have three- different meanings,
according to the different place of the Emphasis : Do you intend to go to London ...
-icqom party the Emotions and Passions your words express, by correspondent
tor, looks and gestures. ... ... THERE is the language of emotions and p sions, as
well as~of ideas. To express the lati is the peculiar province of words ; to express
Whereas he that acts sincerely hath the easiest task in the world ; because he
follows nature,and so is put to no trouble and care about his words and actions j
he needs not invent any pretences before-hand, nor make excuses afterwards, ...
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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).