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The syllables, tion, tious, cious, ceous, eous, ion, tial, cial, science, scious, c. will be exercised first in tables, with particular directions and afterwards used indiscriminately.
Sounds of some of the Consonants.
c before e, i, and y, sounds like s; and before a, o, and u, like k. 'ch sounds like k, as in chord.
2ch sounds like sh, as in chaise.
3g sounds hard before e, i, and, y; as, get, give, fog gy.
gh commonly sounds like ff; as, laugh: when otherwise, it will be noted.
ph sounds like f; as phantom.
s sounds like z all other Italics are silent letters.
u beginning a syllable, generally has its full sound, like yu; as use ful, virt ue.
5th sounds open, as in thou; those not marked are sounded close, as in think.
4x sounds like gz; as exact.
x beginning a word, sounds like z; as, xe bec.
y long at the end of a word not accented; as oc cu pỹ.
All the words are arranged into classes according to the sounds of the vowels in the accented syllables; that was the great object in view, in this publication; and it is considered by the compiler, as the grand desideratum of English Orthoëpy: this alone completely removing all the greatest difficulties of pronunciation.
The sounds of the vowels single and combined in Monosyllables, and the accented syllables of all other words, are nineteen; which are distinguished by the following
[Characteristics, indicative of the nineteen sounds of the Vowels, single or combined.
a denotes the sound of a, in bate; of ei, in weight; of ai, in bail; and of e, in dey.
of a, in bare; of ea, in wear; of e, in there; of ai, in chair; and of ei, in heir.
of a, in bat; and of au, in gaunt.
of a, in staff, half, calm; and of au, in aunt.
ofa, in all; of aw, in saw; au, in haul; of
of e, in bet; of ea, in bread; and of eo, in feoff. of i, in bite; of uy, in buy; of ie, in pie; and of ei, in height.
Y denotes the sound of i, in bit of ui, in build; and of o, in women. in note; of oa, in boat; of ew, in shew; of ou, in pour; of eau, in beau; and of ow, in low.
of o. in hold, whole, colt, &c.
of o, in not; and a, in what.
of u, in mute; of ui, in sluice; of eu, in feud; of ieu, in lieu; of iew, in view; and of ew, in flew.
of u, in nut; of e, in her; of i, in sir; of o, in love; of oo, in blood; and of ou, in rough. of oo, in loom; of o, in move; of ou, in soup, &c. of oo, in book; of u, in bull, and bush; and of ou, in could.
of oi, in voice; and of oy, in boy.
Sounds of Two and Three Letters combined.
pa be ce de
pi ri si
ek el em
fro gro pro slu bru cru
ru SH tu
cy dy fy
py ry sy ty vy wy zy
if ig ix iz
om on op
ud us ut
hy ky ly my ny
bla cla fla gla pla
uv UX uz
or OS ot
lu mu nu
al am an ap
ed ef eg
sla bra cra dra fra
gle ple sle pre tre vre bli Cl fli gli kli pli bri cri dri
tri blo clo
Monosyllables of Three Letters.
Bad dad gad had lad mad pad
tap ham jam
Bed fed led red den fen hen ken let met net pet
Big dig fig gig jig pig rig
sad bag cag wag can fan hat mat pat
map nap rap tax wax
keg leg peg egg wen bet jet
wig bin din bit cit fit
lob mob rob bog cog dog hod nod pod rod sod tod pop sop top dot got hot
did hid lid dim him rim
hug jug lug
tub bug dug
cut hut jut