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The Human Voice: How This Extraordinary Instrument Reveals Essential Clues About Who We Are
 
 
Author
Anne Karpf.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9781582342993
Pages/Publication Date 400/2006
Daedalus Item Code 31903
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Because it is part of our lives even before we are born, most of us take it for granted, but the human voice is a defining aspect of our existence and essential to human society, notes sociologist, journalist, and broadcaster Anne Karpf. From an early age we are taught to think about what we say, what we do, and what we wear, Karpf points out, yet not about how we sound, thereby overlooking one of the primary things people notice about us. Her groundbreaking investigation uncovers the powerful messages that lie not just in what we say, but how we say it, and will make you hear the voices around you as if with new ears.

"Karpf, a sociologist and BBC journalist, argues that although much attention has been paid lately to speaking styles, surprisingly little focus has been on the voice itself. Here, in lively prose, she goes a long way toward filling that gap. The author discusses the mechanics of the sounds people make; what distinguishes human sounds from those of other animals; the effects of emotions on voices; cultural and gender differences; and how technology has been changing the ways we express ourselves. Hot current topics such as voiceprinting and the importance of voice in the workplace are addressed, as are the social effects of cell phones and musical experimentation on the new 'audio-aware generation.' Karpf shines a clear light on Hitler's speaking style and shows how crowds were manipulated by it. Through analyses of Tony Blair and the American politicians Reagan, Clinton, Gore, Kerry, and both Presidents Bush, she challenges readers to understand what they are really hearing in the voices of today's politicians—where, she asserts, the voice is no longer an instrument for argument, but for seduction. This is fine popular-science writing."—School Library Journal

 
 
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