The Alphabet of Nature: Or, Contributions Towards a More Accurate Analysis and Symbolization of Spoken Sounds; with Some Account of the Principal Phonetic Alphabets Hitherto Proposed

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S. Bagster, 1845 - 194 من الصفحات
 

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الصفحة 10 - Jessica. Look how the floor of heaven Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold. There's not the smallest orb which thou behold'st But in his motion like an angel sings, Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubims : Such harmony is in immortal souls ; But whilst this muddy vesture of decay Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it.
الصفحة 29 - These considerations soon induced me, upon entering on this investigation, to lay down a different plan of operations; namely, neglecting entirely the organs of speech, to determine, if possible, by experiments upon the usual acoustic instruments, what forms of cavities or other conditions, are essential to the production of these sounds, after which, by comparing these with the various positions of the human organs, it might be possible, not only to deduce the explanation and reason of their various...
الصفحة 10 - Jessica : look how the floor of heaven Is thick Inlaid with patines of bright gold ; There's not the smallest orb, which thou beholdst But in his motion, like an angel, sings, Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubims...
الصفحة 149 - ... infirm old people. The infant progeny, some of whom are beginning to lisp, while others can just master a whole sentence, and those still further advanced, romping and playing together, the children of nature, through the livelong day, become habituated to a language of their own.
الصفحة 149 - The purity and harmony of language,' he writes, ' is kept up by their pitches, or public meetings, by their festivals and ceremonies, as well as by their songs and their constant intercourse. With the isolated villagers of the desert it is far otherwise; they have no such meetings; they are compelled to traverse the wilds, often to a great distance from their native village. On such occasions fathers and...
الصفحة 155 - That sounds within a determined degree of likeness, be represented by signs within a determined degree of likeness ; whilst sounds beyond a certain degree of likeness, be represented by distinct and different signs, and that uniformly.
الصفحة 34 - For want of a different notation, I have given in the second column the English word containing the vowel in question :— " I have found this table as correct a general standard as I could well expect; for vowels, it must be considered, are not definite sounds, like the different harmonics of a note, but on the contrary glide into each other by almost imperceptible gradations, so that it becomes extremely difficult...
الصفحة 32 - ... pleasure the tube through which the air passed on quitting the reed. The results, which partly depended upon the musical note of the reed, are described by Mr. Willis in these words :— "No. 1. IEAOU* UOAEIIEAOU Let the line abed represent the length of the pipe measured from a, and take ab, be, cd, &c., respectively equal to the length of the stopped pipe in unison with the reed employed, that is, equal to half the length of the sonorous wave of the reed. " Now if the pipe be drawn out gradually,...
الصفحة 149 - With the isolated villages of the desert it is far otherwise. They have no such meetings; they are compelled to traverse the wilds, often to a great distance from their native village. On such occasions, fathers and mothers, and all who can bear a burden, often set out for weeks at a time, and leave their children to the care of two or three infirm old people. The infant progeny, some of whom are beginning to lisp, while others can just master a whole sentence, and those still...
الصفحة 36 - The entire series of vowels can be produced from tubes of either of his forms by merely changing its dimensions. Mr. Willis finally concludes, from his experiments, that the vowel quality, added to any sound, is merely the coexistence of its peculiar note with that sound ; this accompanying note being excited by the successive reflections of the original wave of the reed at the extremities of the added tube. This view of the matter naturally associates the phenomena of vowel-sounds with those of...

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