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the clear, audible, and distinct utterance of every sound and for the modulation of these sounds in accordance with the sense or sentiment of the matter. The effect produced depends as much upon voice and manner as it does upon matter.
4. Distinctness, Audibility, and Sense.—Distinctness and audibility of phones can best be produced by the occasional practice of syllabic utterance, that is by sounding each syllable by itself; in this way difficulties in articulation will be more readily noticed and removed. This syllabic utterance, however, must not be overdone, as it is likely to encourage a jerky delivery.
The correct expression of sense or sentiment depends greatly upon an intelligent phrasing of the matter; it is brought out more easily by sustaining the voice right to the very end of the phrase. The sustaining of the voice is carried out entirely upon the vowel sounds in singing and mostly upon the vowel sounds in speaking. Tone is produced by dwelling upon the vowel sounds; the unvoiced consonants stop the tone and produce plosive or fricative sounds which being unmusical are not in harmony with tone. It is comparatively easy to invest good tone with the sentiment required.
Care should be taken to dwell upon and properly pronounce the vowels, to hit off smartly the non-vocal consonants, and to get as much voice as possible from the vocal consonants.
5. Faults in Speaking.—As a rule the following sounds are very poorly brought out in speech, the voiced parts of M, N and NG, of L and the soft untrilled B, of D, TH, W, G and V. The vowel sounds are too often