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Chapter 2. Cries in Speech and Song

Chapter 2. Cries in Speech and Song Chapter 2 Cries in Speech and Song Animals are capable of giving out sounds from their mouths that rep­ resent meanings and varying degrees of the powerful urge for expres­ sion. These sounds separate into two categories: those that man makes and those made by his lesser fellow inhabitants of this planet. Further, the sounds made by man fall into two categories-those that he learns how to make through instruction and experimenta­ tion, and those that arise seemingly from no plan or understood pur­ pose but that persist in all races and in all conditions of society. The cry is an instant reminder of the primitive. It is the oldest form of vocal expression. From it arise all of the things associated with speech and musical tone concepts. When the newly born babe utters its cry, it gives therewith the true indication of life itself. There is something mysterious about the cry as it affects all animals, whether it be articulate or not. There is a certain something in it that says more than mere words can express. In fact, it may be said that the cry is more reliable in its general inarticulateness than when it is used http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Black Sacred Music Duke University Press

Chapter 2. Cries in Speech and Song

Black Sacred Music , Volume 9 (1-2) – Sep 1, 1995

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Copyright © 1995 by Duke University Press
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1043-9455
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2640-9879
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10.1215/10439455-9.1-2.16
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Chapter 2 Cries in Speech and Song Animals are capable of giving out sounds from their mouths that rep­ resent meanings and varying degrees of the powerful urge for expres­ sion. These sounds separate into two categories: those that man makes and those made by his lesser fellow inhabitants of this planet. Further, the sounds made by man fall into two categories-those that he learns how to make through instruction and experimenta­ tion, and those that arise seemingly from no plan or understood pur­ pose but that persist in all races and in all conditions of society. The cry is an instant reminder of the primitive. It is the oldest form of vocal expression. From it arise all of the things associated with speech and musical tone concepts. When the newly born babe utters its cry, it gives therewith the true indication of life itself. There is something mysterious about the cry as it affects all animals, whether it be articulate or not. There is a certain something in it that says more than mere words can express. In fact, it may be said that the cry is more reliable in its general inarticulateness than when it is used

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Black Sacred MusicDuke University Press

Published: Sep 1, 1995

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