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From canonical babbling to early singing and its relation to the beginnings of speech.


Stadler Elmer, Stefanie (2020). From canonical babbling to early singing and its relation to the beginnings of speech. In: Russo, Frank; Ilari, Beatriz; Cohen, Annabel. The Routledge Companion to interdisciplinary studies in singing. New York: Routledge, 1-521.

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In this chapter I explore the proposal that singing is the earliest musical expression and even the candidate precursor of speaking. I postulate canonical babbling to be the precursor not only of speech but of song as well, and I argue that syllables are the building blocks of both, yet differently formed and organized. Accordingly, I outline and empirically illustrate the role of syllables in song and speech, and how the infant starts applying the contrasting rules for the two domains

Abstract

In this chapter I explore the proposal that singing is the earliest musical expression and even the candidate precursor of speaking. I postulate canonical babbling to be the precursor not only of speech but of song as well, and I argue that syllables are the building blocks of both, yet differently formed and organized. Accordingly, I outline and empirically illustrate the role of syllables in song and speech, and how the infant starts applying the contrasting rules for the two domains

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Musicology
06 Faculty of Arts > Zurich Center for Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Uncontrolled Keywords:vocal development, origins of speech, origins of music, canonical babbling, language development, music development, origins of song, grammar of children's songs
Language:English
Date:2 April 2020
Deposited On:12 Jan 2021 13:25
Last Modified:16 Feb 2021 19:38
Publisher:Routledge
ISBN:978-1-138-05930-6
Additional Information:This is independent and interdisciplinary research continuing the habilitation on singing development (2001) at the UZH, integrated in various international contexts, mainly developmental, cultural, and music psychology.
OA Status:Green

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