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OF ENUNCIATION, ETC.          149

from consonant to vowel ; whereas the prevailing habit among
faulty speakers is to make the action from open to close ; that
IB, from vowel to consonant. The effect i% that vowels, in-
stead of having a free channel through the mouth, directly from
Che throat, are, as it were, squeezed between consonants, cut
short, and often altogether lost*

"The principle of oral action — from close to open — -cannot
be too clearly apprehended. Its practical application dictates
that any vowel between consonants should be collocated phoneti-
cally with the consonant which precedes, and not with that
which follows it ; and conversely, that any consonant between
should be collocated with the vowel which follows, and
not with the vowel which precedes it. Thus:




"When double consonants are written the same principle
applies : only one of the consonants Is nouaded, and therefore
only one Is recogmzed in phonetic syllabication. Thus :

ha-(p)py                           i-(r)ri-tate

fe-(l)low                           a-(t)ten-dance


ho-(r)ror                           e-Wro-ne-ous

cu~(n)ning                        a-(l)k*go«ri-caL . . „

"In the nyilabication of words the division may sometime

be, indifferently, either etymologic or phonetic, as in the words
baker, eating, striking, owner, ruler.
word*, divided etymologically, yield the syllables
bak-cr» cat-ing, strik-iJQf , own-erf rul«er