Sounding board

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This article is about the speaking aid. For the musical instrument component, see Sound board (music).
Sounding board in Attercliffe Church
"Wine glass" pulpit and sounding board at St. Matthew's German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charleston, SC

A sounding board (also known as a tester) is a structure placed above or behind a pulpit or other speaking platform which helps to project the sound of the speaker. The structure may be specially shaped to assist the projection, for example, being formed as a parabolic reflector. In the typical setting of a church building, the sounding board may be ornately carved or constructed.[1] In this context it is also known as an abat-voix.

The term may also be used figuratively to describe a person who listens to a speech or proposal in order that the speaker may rehearse or explore the proposition more fully.[2]

The term is also used inter-personally to describe one person listening to another, and especially to their ideas. When a person listens and responds with comments, they provide perspective that otherwise would not be available through introspection or thought alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blackburn, Rev J., Sounding Board erected in Attercliffe Church, The Philosophical magazine 6 
  2. ^ O'Neill, Suzanne B.; Gerhauser Sparkman, Catherine, From law school to law practice