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

MODES OF ENUNCIATION, ETC.           131

simply to give the cake its particular form,1 After I have let
the stammerers wonder a moment, I explain the analogy and
continue: *As with the cake, so with human speech; for
speech also consists of two things — dough, which is sound or
voice, and the mould, corresponding to the letters,

'** Speech is made audible only through sound; but it may
be heard if the sound or voice is produced only softly, or is
even whispered. Now again—only the voice is the speech;
letters are made audible only through sound: without sound
they cannot be produced, they arc merely the mould for the dough.

*** But where is the sound, the voice, the audible word, to
be produced ? In the throat 1 Not with the lips i * etc. If a
pupil should wish to inquire, 'How, or with what organs, is
the voice, or the sound, produced/ I should answer Mm,
1 You do not need to know that in order to be cured of your
impediment.*"

Concerning his discoveries, the author writes:

"Till now 1 had thought in a wrong and harmful manner;
I had thought of let tern -** consonants and vowels — that is,
of mouth-pohitions, which cannot be spoken without voice*
Now I must think in a proper and healthful manner; I must
entirely disregard letters, and must attend to the voice, as I
cb in singing, m that the voice may not go out, , . „

"Speech Is sound. Stammering is unconsciously endeavor-
ing to speak without voice or souad. The stammerer speaks
wrongly because in his fear he thinks wrongly —- and therefore
misuses his sfwech-organs,

" He must not think of letters; he must think only of voice/*

"We have had many laws of $jx.»ech, hut they have availed
nothing* for there is only ont? law to follow, namely: * Produce
sound voluntarily; but letters, consonants as well as vowels,
involuntarily/ "