Anonymous, Grammar manuscript 1, page 3, pre-1830

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Anonymous, Grammar manuscript 1, page 3

W. when a consonant has nearly the sound
of oo; as water resembles the sound of ooater, but
that it has a stronger and quick sound that oo
and has a formation essentially different, will
appear to any person who pronounces with attention
the words wo, woo, beware, and who reflects that it
will not admit of the article an before it which
oo, would admit. In some words it is not sound
=ded as in answer, sword, wholesome,: it is always
silent before r; as in wrap, wreck, wrinkle,
wrist, wrong, wry, byway, &C.

W before h is pronounced as it it were after
the h; as, why, hwy, when, hwen, what, hwat
W is often joined to o at the end of a syllable without
effecting the sound of that vowel; as in crow, blow, grow
know, now, flow, &C.

When W is is a vowel and is distinguished in the
pronunciation it has exactly the same sound as
u would have in the same situation: as, drew,
crew, view, now, sawyer, vowels, oulaw; [outlaw]
X has three sounds viz.
It sounds like z at the beginning of proper names of
Greek original; as in Xanthus, Xenophon, Xerxes
It has a sharp sound like ks, when it ends a syll
able with the accent upon it, exit, exercise, excel
lance as when the accent is on the next syllable, if
it begins with a consonant; excuse, extent, expense
X has generally a flat sound like a gz, when the
accent is not on it and the following, syllable
begins with a vowel; as, exert, exist, example;
pronounced egxert, egzist, egzample

Y . when a consonant, has nearly the sound of ee
ee; as youth, york, resembles the sounds of eeouth,
eeork, but that this is not its exact sound will
be clearly perceived by pronouncing the words
ye, yes, new year, in which its just and proper
sound is ascertained. It not only requires a
stronger exertion of the organs of speech to
pronounce it than is required to pronounce
ee; but its formation is essentially different.
It will not admit of an before it as ee will
on the following example , an eel.

The opinions that y x w when they begin a word
or syllable take exactly the sound [ ? ]


English grammar, adapted to the different classes of learners...


Lindley Murray
Book Titles
English grammar, adapted to the different classes of learners...
Dates published
1830, various


pre-1830, as identified by Aidan Meehan
xcm x xcm; in in,
Penmanship Style
File name
Unknown2 18xx-001-001-001
Links to source text English grammar, adapted to the different classes of learners ... by Lindley Murray [1] [2]

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