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46 THE VOWEL SOUNDS.
Wh (as in who) and w (as in wood).—The sound w is often called a semi-vowel; the position is very similar to that for oo and should be practised with it. The aspirate in the wh sound introduces a rush of air. Really wh = HOO.
She left the web, she left the loom, She made three paces through the room, She saw the water-lily bloom, She saw the helmet and the plume.
Who spoke of brotherhood ? Who spoke of love P Who told me how the poor soul did forsake The mighty Warwick and did fight for me ?
The portrait of an old Whig in a brown wig.
He woo'd the woman, but she would not wed.
61. The Vowel Oh (o;) and its subordinate u (A).
No.—Sound in turn slowly the five vowel sounds and note the way in which the lower jaw does its work. From 00 to Ah it gradually drops and then sharply rises again for Ay and EE. It is very necessary that the lower jaw should be made to do this movement correctly without any rigidity. It must fall by its own weight and be raised by muscles that are quite elastic. The approximate distance between the teeth for 00 is a quarter of an inch, for Oh half an inch, for Aw three-quarters of an inch, and for Ah an inch, for Ay a third of an inch, and for EE an eighth of an inch. These intervals must be made by the movement of the lower jaw.