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

MODES OF ENUNCIATION, ETC           175

relapse, and for some time the impediment is often worse than
it was originally. . . .

ulhis relapse comes sooner or later. Usually it occurs
while the student fc still at the institution ; sometimes it hap-
jxsns while he is packing his things to depart ; occasionally it
sugxtrvenes after he has returned to his former occupation and
environment. It m very seldom that the relapse does not
occur at all And now it is indeed a difficult task for the
stammerer to reconquer doubt.  1 remained at the insti-
tution in quest ion continuously for two and a half years, but
in this entire time 1 never spoke as fluently again as at the end
of the first six weeks,1

41 One of the chief reasons for the relapse lies in the employ-
meat of rhythmical speech, which mode of utterance it is
really exceedingly difficult to follow. It was never difficult for
me to observe silence, 1 know many pupils that fulfilled the
requirements in this regard to the very letter; but I know only
one that observed rhythmical sjwech afterwards in life. .  ,
To silence one can accustom himself, but to rhythmical speech,

However, the stammerer readily habituates him-
self to the rhythmic bodily movements that are fre-
quently prescribed for the ''regulation'* of metrical
speech* Denhurdt records am incident that may well
be cited in this connection; $

"Count K. underwent as a boy a course of treatment with
Profcttor Lewis* of Berlin, The profensor's system was

rhythmic speech, and the pupil had to accustom himself to
regulating speech by the prescribed rhythmic movement of

1 Thi*se first ill weeks were observed as a fxsrlod of silence,
***Dts Stottem eiae Psychos," p. 45.