Wednesday, August 29, 2007
LAZY LIPS SINK SHIPS!
As techno savvy is today, so was elocution in the past: a means to show oneself intelligent, au courant, and able to master modern communication skills.
It was not only the language one used, but also the precision of clear and easily understood sounds that mattered. Modern American speech, where the mouth barely opens and tones hardly vary at all, would not have been recognizable. Here is a chart of positions with which to make clear, consistent phonemes.