Continuing with the foundation laid in Speech 1, you are introduced to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), and over time (and in subsequent levels), will develop a deep, physical working knowledge of this system, which provides a basis for analyzing, practicing, and acquiring a gamut of different accents and patterns of speaking. Through practice, you will work to develop flexibility, muscularity, and specificity in producing speech sounds. The goal is to increase intelligibility as well as flexibility in handling the specific demands of any given language, text or scene. These fundamental practices will be useful to both native and non-native American speakers.
Recommended reading: SPEAKING WITH SKILL: An Introduction to Knight-Thompson Speechwork by Dudley Knight.
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