Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I love matters of elocution, so that love sent me forth on an internet search this morning that took me to Alexander Melvin Bell's Elocutionary Manual, a book I found wonderful in every way.
You can find the book in the Internet Archive and download it for free as a PDF. Prepare to be amazed. Check out, for example, this scheme of the way vowels work in English on a scale from "ah" to "oo" and a scale from "ah" to "ee." Notice the way your mouth works when you try it!
and this "Gamut of Inflections"
Alexander Melvin Bell, by the way, was the father of Alexander Graham Bell.