Representing Human Speech (intonation)

A page from Joshua Steele's pamphlet advancing the cause of the recording and execution of human intonatation in speech, represented as a musical stave with coding. The work, An essay towards establishing the melody and measure of speech to be expressed and perpetuated by peculiar symbols, had characters cut by the printer Joseph Jackson, and was published by Bowyer and Nichols in London in 1775, and was part of Steele's larger campaign to advance the joint study of language and music.