Current Formulations of the Actual Elements of Speech

  • R. H. Stetson


One unit has been admitted on every hand: the breath group. Sweet, Rousselot, E. W. Scripture, all assume that there is no justification for the subdivision of this phrase; they count words, syllables, “sounds” as fictitious divisions having no real existence.


Breathing Apparatus Human Speech Unitary Movement Acoustic Record Articulatory Movement 
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    SWEET, History of English Sounds, Clarendon, Oxford, ‘88 p.14.Google Scholar
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    A. W. DE GROOT, La Syllabe: Essai de Synthèse, Bul. de la Soc. Linguistique de Paris, 27, ‘26, p. I-42, has a very interesting discussion of the nature of the syllable and develops a functional concept of the syllable as a rhythmic element.Google Scholar
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  • R. H. Stetson
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  1. 1.Oberlin CollegeOberlinUSA

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