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j                                MODES OF ENUNCIATION, ETC          183

j               a universal and unfailing remedy for stammering.

;               Gesture, per  &,   however,   has   nothing   to   con-

demn it.
Concerning the various automatisms  fumbling

\               buttons, jingling watch-chains, and so on  it is in-

teresting to note that the average teacher of stam-
merers endeavors to suppress them rather than foster

;'               them:

i                      "If the pupil has a tendency to rock his foot or twiddle his

fingers, I try to arouse his          of manhood and self-mastery

;'                  to the cessation of such actions."

The cultivation of automatisms is certainly futile.
i               The          arguments are made for them as for ges-

ture, and (assuming the arguments to be conceded)
gesture is unquestionably to be preferred.   But while
it is futile to foster automatisms, it does not neces-
;               sarily follow that there is justification for their de-

t              liberate repression.   Automatisms in mature persons

;              are usually indicative of a nervous condition, but

this condition is not removed by enlisting brute-will
to 'inhibit symptomatic reactions.

|                  We shall consider now an expedient of some his-

""               torical interest*   This is the -so-called'i Leigh method,"

which was a canard nearly a century ago.   The method

consists in keeping the point of the tongue in contact

!               with, or near, the palate during speech.

The exact origin of the method is a little obscure.