Language and Communication: An Introduction
NOTES - temporary
Memory banks are like filters
Lie to me
Peter and the Wolf Op. 67, a 'symphonic fairy tale for children', is a musical composition written by
Sergei Prokofiev in 1936. The narrator tells a children's story, while the orchestra illustrates it.
It might seem a bit strange for a page devoted to something
we do and use every day: language and communication. It is
such a common, almost reflex activity that we virtually take for
granted, to th point that we are unaware of the many different
components and levels that are activated in communication.
And since we seldom "think" about it, it is one of the reasons
for so much miscommunication and misunderstanding.
One of the major reasons for so much miscommunication is that communication and "language" go far
beyond being just words.
Communication, of course, involves the use of words, but it also involves visual cues such as body language,
gestures, facial expressions, and eye-contact.
As well, there is sound: the manner of how the words are expressed; like tone and volume.
Loudness often indicates powerful emotion (especially anger), but not always - sometimes it is just to
overcome ambient sound - but it can easily confuse the listener, especially when the person isn't well-known
The better communicators we are, the better we become at determining what these combinations mean:
some of them are cultural, and are somewhat specific to certain cultures - others are more universal. It takes
experience to really sort them out. An example of how different "tones/sounds" convey different messages or
moods is demonstrated in the 1936 classical music symphony by Sergei Prokofiev, called "Peter And The
Wolf", where each instrument represents someone, or something, as well different "moods". This is
well-illustrated in the video narrated by David Bowie.
. . . . more to come
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