The Birmingham School of Elocution
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Rules for Good Speech
In an essay by William Enfield published in 1808, the rules for good speech were clearly listed:
- Let your articulation be distinct and deliberate.
- Let your pronunciation be bold and forcible.
- Acquire compass and variety in the height of your voice.
- Pronounce your words with propriety and elegance.
- Pronounce every word consisting of more than one syllable with its proper ACCENT.
- In every sentence, distinguish the more significant words by a natural, forcible, and varied EMPHASIS.
- Acquire a just variety of Pause and Inflection.
- Accompany the emotions and passions, which your words. express, by correspondent tones, looks and gestures.
They remain as important today.