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Full text of "Stamering And Cognate Defects Of Speech Vol - Ii"

VOCALIZATION AND VOWEL-PRODUCTION     53

several weeks at the beginning of the course of train-
ing. Occasionally the practice and application of
the drawl is the entire system of a stammering-school.
 There is practically nothing that can be said in
favor of the expedient.

In contrast to the above measure we have one that
consists in using the entire range of the voice (" giv-
ing the voice full play," etc.). Inflection is here the
remedy for the defect instead of the cause of it. In
reality, of course, it is neither.

A measure often advocated to counteract closure
of the glottis and failure of the voice is maintaining
vocalization throughout the sentence. The idea is
that the stammerer's difficulty lies in starting voice,
and that with the voice once started he has only to
"keep it going" in order to avoid stammering. Ac-
cordingly the stammerer is admonished to "'Keep
on the voice/' to "Keep the voice pouring," to
"Maintain continuity of sound," etc.

As a matter of fact, vocalization is interrupted at
every surd consonant, and "continuity of voice" is
a myth. Nevertheless, the endeavor to maintain
continuity seems to be extremely salutary, and the
measure in question is one of the most efficacious to
be found among elocutionary resources.1 The ex-
planation for this fact is undoubtedly that continuity
of speech involves continuity of thought; and that
1 The measure is nearly a century old.