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

150      SYSTEMS OF TREATING STAMMERING

but divided phonetically, they yield the syllables

ba-ker, ea-ting, stri-king, ow-ner, ru-ler. . . .
"The faulty action of the mouth  in moving from open
to close positions  is strikingly illustrated in Stuttering and
Stammering. The voice, in these cases, is choked in the throat,
or emitted in discontinuous jerks, and the mouth is CONSO-
NANT-CLOGGED. In my long experience with defects of this
kind, the true principle of oral action has invariably worked
like a charm. In many instances the impediment has wholly
disappeared after the first lesson. Only the nervous dread of
habitual difficulty can prevent immediate relief when once
the stutterer has practically learned the simple law of phonetic
syllabication:  to articulate from close to open positions." l

The mode of enunciation here recommended un-
doubtedly conduces to comprehensibility of speech,
and should be observed at least by public speakers.
It is by no means patent, however, in what manner
stammering is to be affected by the procedure en-
joined. Stammering usually occurs at the initial
syllable; whereas phonetic syllabication begins at the
second syllable. If the measure in question ever
mitigates stammering, it undoubtedly does so by
inspiring confidence, eliminating multiple thought,
and focussing attention on the verbal imagery. Na-
turally one would expect any benefit derived to be
purely temporary.

1 This writer does not suggest, of course, that a word commenc-
ing with a vowel should have prefixed to it the final consonant of
the word preceding. Phonetic syllabication is to be applied to
the syllables within a word.