Phonetics of the New High German Language (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from Phonetics of the New High German Language To urge the value of Phonetics for the theoretical and practical study of languages would be to carry owls to Athens. The Victoria University of Manchester took a step in the right direction, when, with the view of testing the pronunciation, it introduced an oral examination in modern languages for the Pass Degree
since the establishment of the Honours School for modern languages theoretical questions in Phonetics have always been asked in the oral examination
and the regulations for the M. A. examination expressly recognise Phonetics as a subject of examination, although they adopt - in order not to alarm nervous minds - a somewhat bashful wording: oral examination in the theory and practice of pronunciation. If therefore the statements seem to wear quite an apodictic form, I do not wish to imply by this that the given explanation or pronunciation is the only admissible one, but I wish to say that it is the..