Pee, Bee, Vee: Why Fricatives and Plosives Matter

Pee, Bee, Vee: Why Fricatives and Plosives Matter

There’s a reason why the police talk about Papas, Tangos and Foxtrots rather than Ps, Ts and Fs. It’s because it can be quite hard to hear the difference between a P and B, a T and a D, or an F and an S. In public speaking, the differences between these...
Change The Record, Up The Ante: The Power of Inflection

Change The Record, Up The Ante: The Power of Inflection

On the infamous occasion that the American Senator Strom Thurmond spoke on the floor of the US Senate for over twenty-four hours, he spoke in a quiet monotone throughout. Thurmond was seeking to prevent the passage of a civil rights bill, and needed to speak until the...

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