Communication

Intervocality

Intervocality is a term that ethnomusicologist Steve Feld has used to signify “the inherently dialogic and embodied qualities of speaking and hearing. Intervocality underscores […]

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Language / writing / text

There is a pervasive tendency in the academy to assume (and theorize) equivalence between language, writing, and text. Despite the strenuous attempts of many […]

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Listening

An ethical, social, and cultural practice. As opposed to simply hearing, listening requires one’s full attention. The event of listening and its meaning are […]

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Listening

Jean-Luc Nancy, a former student of French deconstructive philosopher Jacques Derrida, opens his book on listening by wondering if philosophy is capable of it, […]

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Loudness

Loudness is a perceptual quality of sound that correlates somewhat with the sound’s amplitude or power, but also depends on its short-time spectrum.  The loudness of […]

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Metaphor/ Figure

For many folks who work with voice day in and day out, the persistent use of voice as a figure or metaphor is tiring […]

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Objet (petit) a

From the late 1950s, poststructuralist psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan used the phrase “objet (petit) a”—object (little) a–or the algebraic letter “a,” for the “object of […]

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Performativity

A term that first emerged in the context of speech act theory (J. L. Austin), and which was later popularized by queer critical theorists […]

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Phonagnosia

a neurological disorder that affects the ability to recognize familiar voices. Persons with phonagnosia have difficulty recognizing or distinguishing familiar voices. It is interesting […]

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Pitch

Pitch is a perceptual quality that, in speech, usually corresponds to fundamental frequency (although unvoiced sounds such as wheezes and some whistles can have […]

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