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Singing as Inter- and Intra-personal Communication

Welch, GF; Preti, C; (2018) Singing as Inter- and Intra-personal Communication. In: Welch, GF and Howard, DM and Nix, J, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Singing. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Human vocalization contains key essences of our musical development and fosters our earliest abilities to communicate musically. Speech melodies are the first linguistic elements experienced and mastered, and are indistinguishable from the melodic precursors of singing as essential elements in intra- and inter-personal musical communication. Singing as communication originates in vocal pitch contours whose musical intervals are exploited by caregivers in infant-directed speech to foster language development. Similar, but more explicit, features are evidenced in caregivers’ infant- directed singing, such as in lullabies and play songs. These basic musical elements of communication can be perceived in utero and underpin the infant’s subsequent vocalizations and musical behaviors. Additionally, the underlying integration of emotion with perception and cognition generates a network of linked vocal and emotional behaviors that are central to human communication. The chapter will examine the growing evidence for musical communication as integral to human vocalization and emotional expression.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Singing as Inter- and Intra-personal Communication
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199660773.013.73
Publisher version: http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxford...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: human vocalisation, musical communication, speech melodies, emotional expression, infant-directed speech, infant-directed singing
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10043079
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