their order of upward and downward discrete intonation, must necesarily be
found ; and the pronunciation of the seven whispered tonics may be ascer-
tained. But the whispered and the vocal tonics have respectively the same
mechanism. It would therefore be required, only to direct the stream of
vocal iiy over this mechanism, to convert the whisper into vocality^ in order
to have the recovered knowledge of the tonics, as they were used in a lan-
guage, of which the phonetic means of recognition had been lost.
The interesting discoveries by Young, and his coadjutors, of the vocal ele-
ments of the old Egyptians, hiden so long under their peculiar symbols^ were
the hapy result of the record of a few proper names : and the subsequent de-
velopments by the sagacious and indefatigable Champollion, could not have
been efected without the aid of the verbal sounds of tlie old Egyptian language,
still represented in Coptic writing.
"We here ofer a passing hint, for the recovery of lost vowel sounds in any
language, founded on the unalterable character, and the instinctive uses of
the human voice: and if the above account of the pitch of whisper, is given
upon corect observation^ it shows a curious anomaly on the subject of the
mechanism of the vocal scale ; and intimates, that we are not yet full masters
of the physiology of speech.
With regard to the consonants, we must keep in mindj their obvious
and describable mechanism in the natural voice, would if rucord