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Why women speak better than men (and its significance for evolution)

Bart de Boer

in The Prehistory of Language

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199545872
eISBN:
9780191720369
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545872.003.0014
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter investigates the effect of the lowering of the larynx in humans, providing an articulatory/acoustic perspective on the evolution of speech. It uses Mermelstein's model of the geometry of ... More


Classifying Yodeled Effects in Popular Music: Yodel Species

Timothy E. Wise

in Yodeling and Meaning in American Music

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496805805
eISBN:
9781496805843
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496805805.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter presents a new way of classifying yodeled vocal effects in American popular music. Problematizing conventional definitions of the terms yodeling, vocal register, chest voice, and head ... More


Laryngeal articulatory coupling in three speech disorders

Christopher Dromey

in Speech Motor Control: New developments in basic and applied research

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199235797
eISBN:
9780191696671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235797.003.0017
Subject:
Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems

This chapter focuses on data from three speech disorders to illustrate articulatory changes that arise when the larynx is the nominal target of treatment. In each case, articulatory acoustic or ... More


The origin of speech

Peter Gärdenfors

in How Homo Became Sapiens: On the evolution of thinking

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198528517
eISBN:
9780191689543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528517.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Humans' ability to talk is based foremost on anatomical attributes. This chapter discusses how one reason for speech is that humans have larger brains, particularly the frontal lobe where higher ... More


Si canta come si parla?

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0015
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers whether the maxim si canta come si parla (one sings as one speaks) has validity as a pedagogical tenet in the cultivated singing voice. Si canta come si parla is a familiar ... More


Gorillas, Giraffes, Lions, and Gazelles

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0076
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers how structural peculiarities contribute to the variety of vocal sounds that emanate from the larynx and compares those for humans to those for some animals such as gorillas, ... More


The Open Throat (La gola aperta)

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter discusses the universally accepted position of the open throat (gola aperta) in singing. The potential for varying the shape of the vocal tract (the resonator tube that acts as an ... More


The Evolution of Language

Zoltan Torey and Daniel C. Dennett

in The Crucible of Consciousness: An Integrated Theory of Mind and Brain

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262512848
eISBN:
9780262255189
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262512848.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter focuses on the arguably obscure antecedents of language, together with the anatomical changes that helped in the evolution of language. It is the goal of this chapter to show that ... More


Anatomy and Physiology

Bridget Sweet

in Thinking Outside the Voice Box: Adolescent Voice Change in Music Education

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190916374
eISBN:
9780190067069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190916374.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

The chapter describes how an understanding of the way the voice operates can empower both female and male adolescent singers as well as the teachers assisting them through the voice change process. ... More


Cancer of the Larynx

Andrew F. Olshan and Mia Hashibe

in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190238667
eISBN:
9780190238698
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190238667.003.0027
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Epidemiology, Public Health

Cancer of the larynx can affect the glottis, supraglottis, subglottis, and laryngeal cartilage. Traditional treatments for laryngeal cancer caused significant disfigurement, difficulty with ... More


The Flat-Earth School of Vocal Pedagogy

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0024
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers “flat-earthing” as a way to teach singing. Theories of voice production that are dependent upon what appears to be logical do not always have a basis in physical fact. Many of ... More


Taming the Terrible Triplets of the Vocal Tract: Tongue/Hyoid Bone/Larynx

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0074
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers how the three parts of the vocal tract—tongue, hyoid bone, and larynx—can be prevented from disrupting the singing voice. Much of the vocal tract is occupied by the tongue, ... More


The Role of the Jaw in Singing

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0086
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter discusses the role of the jaw in singing. Jaw tension is often a problem for singers. When there is tension in the mandible (jaw) there generally is a corresponding rigidity in the ... More


The Evolution of the Human Vocal Tract: Specialized for Speech?

Margaret Clegg

in Music, Language, and Human Evolution

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199227341
eISBN:
9780191804274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199227341.003.0003
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines whether the purpose of the evolution of the vocal tract is for specialized speech. It describes descent of the larynx during human evolution and the evidence that Neanderthals ... More


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