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cent on the vowel of a foort' fyl’lable, nor on the cun'.

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gard to qúan'tity. But', the use of où'r accent i, to

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point oût the qúan'tity, withoût' an'y respect to the found of the vowel, consonant or fyl’lable. liunce,

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othe'r mark's, and, e'ven, of fall'e orthog'raphy, to point'

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and syllables : and I' adop't his typographical mark's,

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tho’ugh I rejec't his false orthography; and I explode

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the ep'ithets short and long giv'en to où'r vowels inde

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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

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of pronunciation ; but, has' omitted a most effen'tial

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t'ion is known but to very few Foreigners; meʼrely be

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cau'se there are but very few such' who are acqùainted

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with oûr la'ng-llage; the pronuncia'tion of which' seem's

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to them' a's a me're wa’ndering va'por or phan’toma

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of oûr tong'ue, still retain' a ver'y partial a’nd fa'tal at

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tach'ment to their na'tive coun'try, la'ng-llage, law's, cus'

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toms and prejudices ; all' which they fo'ndly transmit

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witness Grena'da, St. Vin'cent, Domini'ca, &c. A'nd,

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and reg'ular Ke'y or Ga'mut to oû'r pronunciations by

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wise ma'y led'rn to read' E'ng-lish in a fêw month's : a'nd,

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if foʻ; it may be hop'ed that the most man'ly, harmo'ni

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ous and comprehens'ive of all living la'ng-đages,

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tween' oûr ga'mut, a’nd ru'les ; but when the'se happen

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to differ, you may choo'se which you plea'se--.gûid'ed by

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what I'concei've to be the most na'tural, the easiest and

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