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cent on the vowel of a foort' fyl’lable, nor on the cun'.
It is tru'e that the chief' use of Fren'ch CM, to i
I 4 I show the different soù'nds of their t's without any 12a
gard to qúan'tity. But', the use of où'r accent i, to
point oût the qúan'tity, withoût' an'y respect to the found of the vowel, consonant or fyl’lable. liunce,
, liinc'è the celebrated Sheridan wa's obliged to make use
othe'r mark's, and, e'ven, of fall'e orthog'raphy, to point'
and syllables : and I' adop't his typographical mark's,
tho’ugh I rejec't his false orthography; and I explode
the ep'ithets short and long giv'en to où'r vowels inde
pe'ndent on ac'cent.
Mr. Sheridan plai'nly demon'strates a grea't man'y advan’tages that would' nec'effarily accrue from a sta’ndard
of pronunciation ; but, has' omitted a most effen'tial
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3 3 one, viz. a very considerable increase to the nu'mber
It is a melancholy truth', that oû'r glorious constitu
t'ion is known but to very few Foreigners; meʼrely be
cau'se there are but very few such' who are acqùainted
with oûr la'ng-llage; the pronuncia'tion of which' seem's
to them' a's a me're wa’ndering va'por or phan’toma
3 2 2 4 But very few' are willing to encoûn’ter grea't diffic'ulties;
3 nor can' we be fo’nd of what we know not'. Hence
almost all oậr adopt'ed subjects, e'ven, after 20 of 30
of oûr tong'ue, still retain' a ver'y partial a’nd fa'tal at
tach'ment to their na'tive coun'try, la'ng-llage, law's, cus'
toms and prejudices ; all' which they fo'ndly transmit
3 to their chi'ldren a'nd domes'tics bo'rn in oùr colonies
witness Grena'da, St. Vin'cent, Domini'ca, &c. A'nd,
complain' that the a'rt of read’ing &'ng-lila properly, re
In imita'tion of Sheridan aʼnd Mu'sic, l' giv'e a pla'in
and reg'ular Ke'y or Ga'mut to oû'r pronunciations by
which mean's, not only na'tives, but Foreigners lik'e.
wise ma'y led'rn to read' E'ng-lish in a fêw month's : a'nd,
if foʻ; it may be hop'ed that the most man'ly, harmo'ni
ous and comprehens'ive of all living la'ng-đages,
will 3 3 I 4 soon' become the most univers'al.
I. II 2 4 Considering oûr pre'sent mode of pronuncia'tion, &c.
1 you must not d'lways expec't a per'fect conformity be
tween' oûr ga'mut, a’nd ru'les ; but when the'se happen
to differ, you may choo'se which you plea'se--.gûid'ed by
Thoʻugh, in the who'le of my Effay, I have adopted
what I'concei've to be the most na'tural, the easiest and
therefore the best meth'ad; yet I could' correc't fom's
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word's. Hence, etymology, analogy and euphony ma'y