[PW] ? the "Rainbow Passage"

Katherine Harper kharper4 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 31 17:14:04 PDT 2018

Dear Bob—

The 1940 edition of this book is available to borrow in electronic form at
Archive.org/OpenLibrary, but it is currently checked out to another reader.
( The notes read "A preliminary edition appeared in 1937, followed by two
tentative revisions in 1938 and 1939.") Assuming that the borrower is not
someone belonging to this list, you should be able to look this information
up within the next two weeks. You can add your name to the waitlist and
Archive.org will notify you when the other reader "returns" it.


Katherine Harper, Ph.D.
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On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 1:19 PM Robert Hall <bobhall61347 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> There is a off-quoted text called “The Rainbow Passage”.  It has been used
> for a long time as a useful text for speech drills and measurements because
> it is supposedly both phonetically and phonemically balanced.
> Everyone who cites it attributes it to Grant Fairbanks’ book “Voice and
> Articulation Drillbook” which seems to have first come out in 1937  --
> although most people cite the 2nd edition, 1960.  Fairbanks includes “The
> Rainbow Passage” on page 127 of the second edition along with a footnote
> that only says it “has been used in many experiments”.  Since it is in the
> public domain (I suppose), Fairbanks didn’t provide any attribution.
> So, what is the origin of this passage and has it ever been proven to be
> phonetically and phonemically balanced?

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