1001 Questions and Answers on Orthography and Reading eBook

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  28. Is there any Phonetic Alphabet of the English Language?
  There have been several published, but they are not in general use.

  29. How many letters in the English Phonetic Alphabet?
  Forty-three.

  30. What is the name of a Letter?
  The appellation by which it is known.

  31. What is the difference between a Letter and its Name?
  The letter is the character, and the name is its appellation.

  32. What Letters name themselves?
  The vowels A, E, I, O, and U.

  33. How are the Letters divided?
  Into Vowels and Consonants.

  34. What are Vowels?
  Those letters which represent only pure tones.

  35. Name all the Vowels.
  A, E, I, O, U, and in some situations W and Y.

  36. What is a Consonant?
  A letter that represents an interruption of sound or breath.

  37. Why called Consonants?
  Because they cannot be used alone in a word, but must be connected
          with a Vowel.

  38. How many kinds of Consonants are there?
  Two; single Letters and Combinations.

  39. Name the Consonant letters.
  B, C, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, T, V, W, X, Y, and Z.

  40. Name the Consonant Combinations.
  Th, Sh, Ch, Zh, Wh, and Ng.

  41. Name the two Orders of the Consonants.
  Mutes and Semi-vowels.

  42. What are Mutes?
  Those letters which admit of no escape of breath while the organs
          of speech are in contact.

  43. Name the Mutes.
  B, D, K, P, T, and C and G hard.

  44. What other term is often applied to the Mutes?
  Close Consonant.

  45. What are Semi-vowels?
  Those letters that admit of an escape of breath while the organs
          of speech are in contact.

  46. Name the Semi-vowels.
  F, H, J, L, M, N, R, S, V, W, X, Y, Z, and C and G soft.

  47. Are the Combinations Mutes or Semi-vowels?
  They are all Semi-vowels.

  48. What letters are called Nasals?
  M, N, and Ng.

  49. What other term is often applied to the Semi-vowels?
  Loose Consonant.

  50. What letters are called Liquids?
  L, M, N, and R.

  51. Why are the Liquids so called?
  Because of their flowing sound, which readily unites with the
          sound of other letters.

  52. What are Sibilants?
  Letters which have a hissing sound; as, S and Z.

  53. What letter is called the Mute Sibilant?
  The letter X.

  54. What letters represent no sound of their own?
  C, Q, and X.

  55. What are these letters called?
  Redundant letters.

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