The musical art of infant conversation: Narratingin the time of sympathetic experience, without rational interpretation, before words

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dc.contributor.author Trevarthen, Colwyn
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-18T15:15:04Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-18T15:15:04Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Trevarthen, C. (2008). The musical art of infant conversation: Narrating in the time of sympathetic experience, without rational interpretation, before words. Musicae Scientiae, Special Issue: Narrative in Music and Interaction, 15-46.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/19443
dc.description.abstract   Infants, like adults and many animals, move with rhythmic gestures that express motive states and changes of emotion and mood. But the communications of babies have a special creativity and message power. Infants are ready at birth to take turns in a "dialogue" of movements with a loving parent. They are attracted to extended engagement with human gestures, and sympathetic to many emotions resonating to the impulses and qualities of movement; imitating, seeking to play an active part in proto-conversations or playful duets of agency (Trevarthen, 1999). When the expressive forms are examined in detail, infant and partner are found to be sharing a subtle "musicality" of communication (Malloch, 1999). Very soon the early musical games become the habits or conventions of a mini-culture, improvised creations of meaning for each pair, of the kind that Maya Gratier calls a "proto-habitus" (Gratier, 2007). They become treasured memories of a special relationship.       en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.subject.other infant communication en
dc.subject.other musicality en
dc.subject.other mimesis en
dc.subject.other time en
dc.subject.other narrative en
dc.title The musical art of infant conversation: Narratingin the time of sympathetic experience, without rational interpretation, before words en
dc.type Article en

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