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

152      SYSTEMS OF TREATING STAMMERING

r-an b-efore th-e h-owling g-ale, ch-ased b-y angry s-ea-b-irds
and b-y m-addening b-illows; st-ill I s-aw h-er, as at th-e m-o-
ment w-hen sh-e r-an p-ast us, st-anding amongst th-e shr-ouds,
w-ith h-er wh-ite dr-aperies str-eaming be-fore th-e w-ind.
Th-ere sh-e st-ood, w-ith h-air d-ishevelled, one h-and cl-utched
amongst th-e t-ackling  r-ising, s-inking, fl-uttering, tr-embling,
pr-aying; th-tere f-or 1-eagues I s-aw h-er as sh-e st-ood, r-aising
at intervals one h-and t-o h-eaven, amidst th-e f-iery cr-ests
of th-e p-ursuing w-aves and th-e r-aving of th-e st-orm;
until at 1-ast, upon a s-ound fr-om afar of m-alicious 1-aughter
and m-ockery, all w-as h-idden f-or ever in dr-iving sh-owers;
and afterwards, b-ut wh-en I kn-dw n-ot, n-or h-ow.

This practice of dividing the initial consonant from
the vowel is a sort of natural corollary to the belief that
the stammerer's difficulty lies with the consonant, and
that he can  as may be readily demonstrated  al-
ways produce the consonant when it is detached.

But the theory neglects the fact that the speaker
may be unable to append the vowel when the con-
sonant has been produced  and certainly it avails
the stammerer little to enunciate the initial consonant
several seconds before the remainder of the word is
forthcoming. The particular measure in question,
however, is seldom recommended by reputable teach-
ers of stammerers; it is rather the stock-in-trade of
occasional charlatans.

An interesting variation of the foregoing expedient
is the subject of the following paragraph: