Date: Mon, 26 Jan 1998 10:08:09 -0500

From: Herb Stahlke hstahlke[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GW.BSU.EDU

Subject: Re: Almost about dialect -Reply

I recall, a long time ago, a conversation with Ken Pike in which he

described taking a series of voice lessons just so that he could learn the

impressionistic terminology that voice teachers use. His point was that

they had a long and effective tradition of teaching with phonetically

fanciful terminology. If I'm not mistaken, his conclusion as to why it

worked had to do with the fact that they also demonstrated what they

meant, not that the terminology was intrinsically effective. Many voice

teachers today have a basic grasp of the physiology and anatomy of

voice production, but they still use the same vocabulary because it's so

deep in their traditions, and, of course, their students tend to have had

no phonetics.

Herb Stahlke