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

82        SYSTEMS OF TREATING STAMMERING

Regarding W, d, si, spl, sm, sn, sp, spr, and similar
combinations, we are told that "when these are diffi-
cult to stammerers, it is only because they look so."
Separate the consonants, and trouble is annihilated.

Concerning these expedients the following may be
said: W, y, and q require the same positions as ooy
ee, and kw; therefore it is a little inconsistent of the
speech-mechanicians to propose the " substitution."
If the endeavor to substitute ever proves beneficial,
it does so by focussing the attention of the speaker
on the verbal imagery. —- In replacing r by er one is
merely resorting to Arnott's trick (p. 54), but making
its application specific rather than general. — The
suggestion that the stammerer disjoin double and
triple consonants is manifestly an inanity.—All of
these methods induce unnatural speech or unnatural
verbal thought, and therefore would be open to
reprobation even though they should prove tem-
porarily effective.

The antidote usually recommended for difficulty in
articulation is a knowledge of the physiology of the
speech-organs and the mechanical action by which
the various consonants are produced. The following
citations, from three different authors, present the
point of view:

"Again we repeat, but in other words, the nature of the
Stammerer's undertaking. He has to take his speech to pieces,