[Paleopsych] Shhhhh is this another Ur Strategy?
HowlBloom at aol.com
HowlBloom at aol.com
Sat Dec 10 06:41:12 UTC 2005
Hi, Karen. Good question.
All I can add to this is the bark the cool and the growl.
Animals use low noises--the growl-- to make themselves look big--big to
rivals and big to females who, even in frogs, go for bigness. The bigger the
woofer the lower the sound, so us animals go real low to make our woofers sound
huge. Low rumbles are our musical dominance gestures.
Animals use mid-range noises--the bark--to say hello, how are you or to
introduce themselves to others they feel are equals. The mid-range is a music we
sing to each other to connect without slipping into anger or intimacy.
And animals use high-pitched, soft sounds to make themselves sound small,
unthreatening, adorably appealing, and intimate. We use high-pitched soft
sounds--coos--when we baby-talk to our young ones or to our lovers. Tweeters
make high sounds. The smaller the tweeter, the higher the sound. Coos are
musical submission and seduction gestures.
Shhhhh falls into the coo category, but so do lots of other sounds. I
suspect that shhh isn't cross-cultural--that it isn't replicated in Chinese,
Japanese, or Mayan. But I'm not at all sure. Or should that be shhhure? Howard
ps take a look at this paleopsych conversation from 1998 in which Martha
Sherwood added something intriguing:
Martha Sherwood writes: Subj: Re: Language as display Date: 98‑02
‑23 13:01:14 EST From: msherw at oregon.uoregon.edu (Martha Sherwood) To:
HowlBloom at aol.com Regarding your query to Gordon Burghart about geckos, it might
be relevant that the vocalizations accompanying vampire bat threat displays
are within the human auditory range whereas their other signals are not.
Martha hb: very nifty, Martha. This would fit in with the coo, bark and growl
research, since the bats are conceivably descending into what for them is a
basso profundo growl to maximize their menace. Howard
In a message dated 12/9/2005 1:21:22 PM Eastern Standard Time,
guavaberry at earthlink.net writes:
sorry to interrupt the present conversation . . .
but i've been wondering about this . . . .
What is shhhhh? and does this fall under another UR strategy
a western custom or is it
a world wide "instinct" we all have to use shhhhhh
for shushing a baby to stop crying
or to calm a crying baby or crying child.
Is this another Ur Strategy?
Do all human babies recognize this as the
signal to be quiet?
Do all cultures use this?
I imagine it sounding like a snake's rattle
but that doesn't mean much. I've heard it
the same sound calm's horses and sounds
similar to the word for thank you in mandarin.
Do we know anything about shhhhh?
Appreciate any thoughts you might have.
Re: Ur strategies and the moods of cats and dogs
hb to pavel kurakin: I've had an adventure that will force me to stop
for the night. One of my cats attacked me and tore several holes in
my face, nearly removing one of my eyes.
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