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

128      SYSTEMS OF TREATING STAMMERING

gent stammerer for that of an apparent lunatic. On
the whole, the novelty of the change is not sufficient
recompense for the bother involved. The various
exercises involving prolongation of the vowels prob-
ably effect a transient intensification of the acoustic
imagery.  The practice of prolonging the initial
vowel of a sentence may prove of some slight value by
focussing attention on the auditory element; but with
most persons the unnatural character of the pro-
cedure would condemn it.  The practice of intensi-
fying the vowels (with or without reduction of the
consonants) leads to little more than loud talking.
The loud talking per se cannot be regarded as remedial;
yet probably some benefit is derived from the atten-
tion necessarily given to the auditory imagery. The
exercises doubtless affect the imagery in the customary
manner.

The expedients just described are "discovered"
and marketed (with various auxiliaries) at frequent
and regular intervals. A German writer recently
made them the subject of a rather grandiloquent Uttle
pamphlet. This brochure of less than a hundred
pages retails at thirty marks. We give about ten
pfennigs' worth in the following paragraphs.

This from the preface and introduction:

"I am positive that my book can do only good. Yes, I
am sufficiently immodest to say: 'I have rendered humanity
a great service by fathoming the nature of stammering. Till