ERIC Number: ED220885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
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Dynamic Articulation of Vowels.
Morgan, Willie B.
Michigan Speech Association Journal, v14 p102-13 1979
A series of exercises and a theory of vowel descriptions can help minimize speakers' problems of excessive tension, awareness of tongue height, and tongue retraction. Eight exercises to provide Forward Facial Stretch neutralize tensions in the face and vocal resonator and their effect on the voice. Three experiments in which sounds are repeated dynamically help to identify primary articulator actions. From observations based upon these experiments, the ideal articulator actions for shaping vowels efficiently can be summarized as lip-rounding, tongue-fronting, and jaw-opening. Emphasizing certain key words help the speaker become aware of the primary articulator actions that shape the oral cavity to create appropriate resonance for each vowel or target phoneme. Frequent vowel shaping actions and emphatic pitch range drills, combined with positive thinking, will improve speech. (JL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Journal Articles
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