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Speaking With Skill: A Skills Based Approach to Speech Training



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Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
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'Dudley Knight is one of the most respected voice and speech teachers in North America and highly regarded internationally.' Janet Madelle Feindel, Associate Professor of Voice and Alexander, Carnegie Mellon University Speaking with Skillmarks a fundamental change in the pedagogy of speech training for actors and speakers. It presents a skills-based approach to speech training and offers a wider range of techniques and a more integrated approach to speech actions and phonetic transcription than are found in other speech texts for theatre. Speaking with Skillreintegrates speech training with the allied fields of linguistics and voice science and represents the first serious reexamination of the archaic standards and pedagogy that have dominated speech training for actors and other professional speakers in America. The method employed in this book is already and increasingly being used by instructors on major actor training programs in the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland and the UK.

Author Biography

Dudley Knight is Professor Emeritus of Drama at the University of California, Irvine. He has had an extensive stage career that includes major roles in regional theatres along with hundreds of roles in film, television, radio, and voice-over. He is certified as master teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and has enjoyed a 40 year career as voice, speech, text, and dialect teacher and voice/text director for professional theatre. He conducts workshops and lectures on voice and speech for actors and voice teachers nationwide and is Currently Editor-in-Chief of Voice and Speech Review.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Making Soundsp. 1
Silencep. 3
The space that shapes soundp. 11
From silence to soundp. 21
The muscles that shape sound: the tool kitp. 35
"Phthong" shapingp. 65
Obstruents: obstructing the flowp. 71
Finding languagep. 77
Exploring the limits: Outlandishp. 79
Obstruents within languagep. 83
The physical actions of obstruents in languagep. 85
The empty obstruent chartp. 93
Making your own languagep. 99
An interlude: a daily articulation warm-upp. 111
Phoneticsp. 113
Writing it downp. 119
Writing the consonantsp. 123
Sound to wordp. 155
Writing the vowelsp. 165
American vowel phonemesp. 179
New vowels for diphthongsp. 185
All the vowel phonemesp. 193
Combinationsp. 199
Mid-central offglide diphthongsp. 207
Polysyllabic wordsp. 213
Connected speechp. 221
The skills of intelligibiltyp. 235
Formal and informal speechp. 237
Consonant skillsp. 253
Vowel skillsp. 279
Putting it all togetherp. 295
Indexp. 321
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