Beyond words : sobs, hums, stutters and other vocalizations. Steven Connor.Material type: TextLondon : Reaktion Books, 2014Description: 239 pages : 22 cmISBN: 9781780232584Subject(s): Human sounds | SociolinguisticsLOC classification: P 40 .C762 2014
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-233) and index.
Machine generated contents note: One. Ahem -- Two. St ... st ... st -- Three. Hiss -- Four. Hic -- Five. Mmmm -- Six. Grrr -- Seven. Pprrpffrrppffff -- Eight. Tittle-tattle -- Nine. Zzzz.
In Beyond Words, Steven Connor seeks to understand spoken human language outside words, a realm that encompasses the sounds we make that bring depth, meaning, and confusion to communication. Plunging into the connotations and uses associated with particular groups of vocal utterances - the guttural, the dental, the fricative, and the sibilant - he reveals the beliefs, the myths, and the responses that surround the growls, stutters, ums, ers, and ahs of everyday language.