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  • n  the sound made by the vibration of vocal folds modified by the resonance of the vocal tract
    the giraffe cannot make any vocalizations
  • n  the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

  • Few would guess that in human terms this vocalization works out to nine consonants, five vowel sounds, two diphthongs and an umlaut (as in the German ber).
  • Studies of non-human primates show that vocalization is nearly always attributed to subcortical processes in the brain, in those regions that control primal, raw emotions, says .
  • Her part, the ingenue Sophie, is filled with some of the most ecstatic vocalization ever set on paper, and she followed it with a voice that had the rich but fine-drawn quality .
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  • Baby apes and humans teach lessons about evolution of language
    When it comes to communication, a human infant starts out with hand gestures, much as baby chimps and bonobos do, and all three of those species shift to using more symbols as they grow up. But the shift to symbols is more pronounced for the human and relies more on vocalization. That pattern may well suggest how human language evolved.These are the lessons drawn from more than a year's worth of ...
    June 6, 2013 - MSNBC

  • Steven Pinker in Manolith
    I suspect that swearing taps into a defensive reflex in which an animal that is suddenly injured or confined erupts in a furious struggle, accompanied by an angry vocalization, to startle and intimidate an attacker,says Psychologist Steven...
  • Felipe Fernandez-Armesto in Toronto Star
    With every vocalization,Fernandez-Armesto writes, "images of imperialism, colonization, massacre, and ecological exchange would spring to mind. The controversies would be constant, the revulsion unendurable."

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