The Articulate Voice: An Introduction to Voice and Diction / Edition 4

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The Articulate Voice taps into the most current research to clearly and concisely deliver the basics on voice production and techniques for improving pitch, rate, volume, and quality. One reviewer praised, &#147This is a rare find in comparison to other voice and diction textbooks.” Another calls The Articulate Voice “a model of clarity and concision.”

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A textbook that assumes the active participation of an instructor in a course within a broadcasting, communications, drama, or English as a Second Language program. Focuses on General American English as an industry standard as the surest route to a job. Explains such aspects as finding the appropriate pitch and intonation, improving rhythm and rate of speech, supporting and placing the voice, and eliminating negative qualities such as breathiness or nasality. No dates are mentioned for earlier editions; the third includes new exercises and material on specialty areas. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205380329
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/17/2003
  • Edition description: Fourth
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 176,424
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter begins with “Terms” and concludes with “Exercises,” “Chapter Review,” “Application” and “Focus Message.”

1. An Introduction.

Communication: A Discussion.

Influences on Your Voice and Speech.

Improving Your Voice.

2. Mechanisms for Speech.





3. Language.

Language Defined.

History of English.

Language Development in the Individual.

4. Pitch.

Inflection: The Paralinguistics of Pitch.


Extralinguistic Features.

Pitch Variety.

5. Volume.

The Paralinguistic Factors of Loudness.

Syllabic Stress.



6. Rate/Duration.

Speaking/Reading Rate.


Speech Phrasing.


Rate Assessments.

7. Quality.



8. Articulation.



Individual Differences/Dialects.

Program for Improvement.

9. Vowels.

Approach to Vowel Study.

Front Vowels.

Back Vowels.

Mid Vowels.


Special Diphthong.

Additional Drill.

10. Consonants.

Approach to Consonant Study.

Bilabial Consonants.

Labio-Dental Consonants.

Lingua-Dental Consonants.

Lingua-Alveolar Consonants.

Lingua-Palatal Consonants.

Velar Consonants.

Glottal Consonants.

Additional Drill.

A Final Word.

Appendix 1. IPA Pronunciation Guides.

Appendix 2. 100 Commonly Mispronounced Words.

Appendix 3. Vocabulary Builders.

Appendix 4. Sound Recognition Practice.

Appendix 5. Evaluation Forms.



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