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Author: Henkjan Honing  |  Isbn: 978-9056296896  |  File size: 258.4 KB  |  Year: 2011  |  Pages: 24  |  Language: English  |  File format: PDF  |  Category: Psychology

We have known for some time that babies possess a keen perceptual sensitivity for the melodic, rhythmic and dynamic aspects of speech and music: aspects that linguists are inclined to categorize under the term 'prosody', but which are in fact the building blocks of music. Only much later in a child's development does he make use of this 'musical prosody', for instance in delineating and subsequently recognizing word boundaries. In this essay Henkjan Honing makes a case for 'illiterate listening', the human ability to discern, interpret and appreciate musical nuances already from day one, long before a single word has been uttered, let alone conceived. It is the preverbal and preliterate stage that is dominated by musical listening.

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