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Towndrow's Revised and Improved Text-Book of Stenography, or Complete Guide to the Art of Writing Short-Hand: Founded Upon the Most Simple, ... Elementary Sounds of the English Language i.

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Pages: 98

Language: English

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Forgotten Books (14 Nov. 2016)

By: Thomas Towndrow (Author)

Excerpt from Towndrow's Revised and Improved Text-Book of Stenography, or Complete Guide to the Art of Writing Short-Hand: Founded Upon the Most Simple, Comprehensive and Unerring Principles of Representing All the Essential Elementary Sounds of the English Language in Stenographic Characters, Combinable in Any Desired Order, Without Raising the Pen

Secondly. That as the motion of the pen from point to point is less rapid, because less direct, through the air than upon the paper it self, there is as much time lost by the sudden st0p and taking ofi the pen, passing over the detached space. And putting it down again, as in the formation of two (and often-times of three) characters. Thus a detached particle occupies as much time in writing, as if the word were written (by characters) at full length. It has therefore appeared absolutely necessary that the vowel points, so predominant in other sys. Tems, should be entirely rejected, and another kind of substitute provided for them.

It certainly appears very singular, that Mr. Lewis, after so clearly pointing out the defects of other systems relative to the method of ex pressing the vowels, by the use of dots, commas and other detached marks, should himself, in a great measure, run into the very same er ror: for notwithstanding his forcible remarks on the subject, Mr. L. Makes use of a dot, to represent the first two vowels a and e, anda comma to represent the fourth and fifth vowels o and u thus adopt ing the very plan, which, to use his own words, should be entirely rejected.

Again, he says, by this arrangement, all those difficulties and dislocations already mentioned, in expressing the vowels in order to convey the sound of the word, are avoided 3 his practice, however, exhibits a complete contradiction, for in his specimen of the Lord's Prayer, he places the vowels e and 0 near, not joined to the consonants.

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