[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:

hi  everyone,

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.

Karen Ellis

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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