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But it is foolish in us to compare Drusus Africanus and ourselves with Clodius; all our other calamities were tolerable; but no one can patiently bear the death of Clodius.
The falling circumflex begins with the rising inflection, and ends with the falling upon the same syllable, and seems to twist the voice downwards. This turn of the voice may be marked by the common circumflex: thus (4).
Queen. Hamlet, you have your father much offended.
Both these circumflex inflections may be exemplified in the word so, in a speech of the Clown in Shakespeare's As You Like It.
I knew when seven justices could not make up a quarrel ; but when the parties were met themselves, one of them thought but of an If; as if you said sõ, then I said sô: O ho ! did you so? So they shook hands and were sworn brothers.
OR A GRADUAL INCREASE OF SIGNIFICATION, Requires an increasing swell of the voice, on every succeeding para
ticular, and a degree of animation corresponding with the nature of the subject.
1. The Bible is the brightest mirror of the Deity: there we discern not only his being, but his character; not only his character, but his will ; not only what he is in himself, but what he is to us, and what we may expect at his hands.
2. Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate; and whom he did predestinate them he also called ; and whom he called, them he also justified; and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
3. After we have practised good actions a while, they become easy; and when they are easy, we begin to take pleasure in them; and when they please us, we do them frequently ; and, by frequency of acts, a thing grows into a habit ; and a confirmed habit is a second kind of nature ; and, so far as any thing is natural, so far it is necessary, and we can hardly do otherwise ; nay, we do it many times when we do not think of it.
4. 'Tis list’ning fear and dumb amazement all,
ACCENT. RULE.-Emphasis requires a transposition of accent, when two
words, which have a sameness in part of their formation, are opposed to each other in sense.
EXAMPLES. 1. What is done cannot be un done.*
2. There is a material difference between gioing and for's giving.
3. Thought and language act and re'act upon each other.
4. He who is good before invisible witnesses, is eminently so before the vis'ible.
5. What fellowship hath righteousness with un'righteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness ?
6. The riches of the prince must increase or de'crease in proportion to the number and riches of his subjects.
7. Relig'ion raises men above themselves; ir religion sinks them beneath the brutes.
The signs (' and ') besides denoting the inflections, mark also the accented syllables.
Whatever infection be adopted, the accented syllable is always louder than the rest ; but if the accent be pronounced with the rising inflection, the accented syllable is higher than the preceding, and lower than the succeeding syllable ; and if the accent have the falling inflection, the accented syllable is pronounced higher than any other syllable, either preceding or succeeding.
8. I shall always make reason, truth, and nature, the measures of praise and dis'praise.
9. Whatever conve'nience may be thought to be in falsehood and dissimulation, it is soon over ; but the in'convenience of it is perpetual.
10. The sense of an author being the first object of reading, it will be necessary to inquire into those divisi'ons and sub'divi. sions of a sentence, which are employed to fix and ascertain its meaning.
11. This corrup'tible must put on in'corruption, and this mor'tal must put on im 'mortality.
12. For a full collection of topics and epithets to be used in the praise' and dis 'praise of ministe'rial and un'ministerial persons, I refer to our rhetorical cabinet.
13. In the suitableness or un'suitableness, in the proportion or dis'proportion which the affection seems to bear to the cause or object which excites it, consists the propriety or im' propriety, the decency or ungracefulness of the consequent action.
14. He that compares what he has done' with what he has left un'done, will feel the effect which must always follow the comparison of imagination with reality.
Note 1.-This transposition of the accent, extends itself to all words which have a sameness of termination, though they may not be directly opposite in sense.
EXAMPLES. 1. In this species of composition, plau'sibility is much more essential than prob'ability.
2. Lucius Cataline was expert in all the arts of sim'ulation and dissimulation; covetous of what belonged to others, lavish of his own.
Note 2.-When the accent is on the last syllable of a word which has no emphasis, it must be pronounced louder and a degree lower than the rest.
A Change of Accent takes place on the following words according
as they are Nouns, Verbs, or Adjectives.
to descant ab'sent (adj.) to absent' dis'count
to discount ab'stract to abstract
to digest' ac'eent to accent es'say
to essay af'fix to affix' ex'port
to export at'tribute to attrib'ute ex'tract
to extract augʻment to augment' ex'ile
to exile bom'bard to bombard' ferment
to ferment' cem'ent
to cement' fresquent (adj.) to frequent colleague to colleague' im'port
to import col'lect to collect' in'cense
to incense' com'pact to compact in'sult
to insult' com’pound to compound' object
to object' com'press to compress' per'fume
to perfume con'cert to concert per'mit
to permit' con'crete to concrete pre'fix
to prefix' con'duct to conduct' pres'age
to presage' con'fine to confine pres'ent
to present con'flict to conflict' prod'uce
to produce con'jure (v. n.) to conjure' (v. a.) proj'ect
to project con'serve to conserve prot'est, or protest' to protest' con'sort to consort' reb'el
to rebel' con'test to contest rec'ord
to record' con'tract to contract ref'use
to refuse con'trast to contrast' subʻject
to subject' con'vent to convent' sur'vey
to survey' con'verse to converse tor'ment
to torment' con'vert to convert' traj'ect
to traject' con'vict to convict' trans'fer
to transfer con'voy to convoy' trans'port
to transport des'ert
SUBSTANTIVES. ADJECTIVES. au'gust (the month) august' (noble) in'stinct
instinct com'pact compact invalid'
inval'id champaign' (wine) champaign(open) Levant' (a place) le'vant (eastern) ex'ile (banishment) exile' (small) min'ute (of time) minute (small) gallant' (a lover) gallant (bold) su'pine (in gram.) supine'indolent)'
Sometimes the same parts of speech have a different accent to make a
difference of signification. buf'fet (a blow) buffet'(a cupboard) || des'ert (a wilder. desert' (merit) to con'jure (to to conjure (to in- ness)
sinis'ter (the left practise magic) treat)
sin'ister (insidious) side)
EMPHASIS Is that stress we lay on words which are in contradistinction to other words expressed or understood. And hence will follow this general rule; Wherever there is contradistinction in the sense of the words, there ought to be emphasis in the pronunciation of them.
All words are pronounced either with emphatic force, accented force, or unaccented force ; this last kind of force may be called by the name of feebleness. When the words are in contradistinction to other words, or to some sense implied, they may be called emphatic; where they do not denote contradistinction, and yet are more important than the particles, they may be called accented, and the particles and lesser words may be called unaccented or feeble.
EXAMPLES. 1. Exercise and temperance strengthen the constitution.
2. Exercise and temperance strengthen even an INDIFFERENT eonstitution.
The word printed in Roman capitals is pronounced with emphatic force; those in small italics are pronounced with accented force; the rest with unaccented force.
Emphasis always implies antithesis; when this antithesis is agree. able to the sense of the author, the emphasis is proper ; but where there is no antithesis in the thought, there ought to be none on the words; because, whenever an emphasis is placed upon an improper word, it will suggest an antithesis, which either does not exist, or is not agreeable to the sense and intention of the writer.
The best method to find the emphasis in these sentences, is to take the word we suppose to be emphatical, and try if it will admit of these words being supplied which an emphasis on it would suggest : if, when these words are supplied, we find them not only agreeable to the meaning of the writer, but an improvement of his meaning, we may pronounce the word emphatical ; but if these words we supply are not agreeable to the meaning of the words expressed, or else give them an affected and fanciful meaning, we ought by no means to lay the emphasis upon them.
EXAMPLE. 3. A man of a polite imagination, is let into a great many pleasures that the vulgar are not capable of receiving ; he can converse with a picture, and find an agreeable companion in a statue.
In this sentence an emphasis on the word picture is not only an advantage to the thought, but is in some measure necessary to it: for it hints to the mind, that a polite imagination does not only find pleasure in conversing with those objects which give pleasure to all, but with those which give pleasure to such only as can converse with them.
All emphasis has an antithesis either expressed or understood : if the emphasis excludes the antithesis, the emphatic word has the fall.