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This process of double conditioning is referred to as the incorporation or internalization of an interact pattern' (374). Cottrell conceives a social act to be 'a series of reciprocally related acts by units called selves, which series forms a dynamic perceptual unit' (379). He perceives the general form of such acts as consisting of 'a beginning or precipitating condition, the definition of goals or end relations toward which the interacting units conceive themselves to be moving, a series of relevant intermediate activities, and finally, some kind of end-state of relationship of the implicated selves' (379).

Fónagy, K. E. F. J. Danehy, and many others, do not explain Sequenza III, they do contribute relevant and important information. A further note of caution is necessary. It is widely recognized by linguists and psychiatrists that much basic research remains to be done before it will be possible to relate, with reasonable probability, a certain pattern of prosodie behaviour to a specific psychic state. D. Crystal states the matter with clarity: 'In the field of psycho-therapy, personality adjustment and so on, the importance of non-verbal aspects has been clearly realised, but little has been done' (Crystal 1969: 66).

The speech sounds that are considered to be sharp have only one common attribute: they are - in contrast to the soft ones - characterized by higher partial tones. Their dominant partíais 44 Alternative voices are, therefore, closer to the threshold of pain (the register where the sounds evoke unpleasant sensations), and are, thereby, perceived as sharp objects that are penetrating the organ of hearing' (51). '[As in the language of many human groupings] even in the 'speech' of the chimpanzees the bilabial nasal plosive appears in various combinations of sound sequences, or in isolation often in connection with feeding, the mother's breast, and longing' (71).

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Alternative Voices: Essays on Contemporary Vocal and Choral Composition by Istvan Anhalt


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