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Divergent Images of Early Sound Experience during Infancy and Early Childhood

Forrester, Michael (2019) Divergent Images of Early Sound Experience during Infancy and Early Childhood. In: Grimshaw-Agaard, Mark and Walther-Hansen, Mads and Knakkergaard, Martin, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Imagination. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 1-16. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:75821)

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Michael Forrester is concerned with the significance of sound for neonates and infants in the development of their language and musical abilities. In particular, he makes an effort to understand precisely what it is that underpins adult imaginings, both parental and academic, of what the experience of sound is for these developing humans. Forrester presents several ideas dealing with child-directed speech that underpin language acquisition and the development of musicality before assessing two models of early sound experience: that of communicative musicality and that of psychoanalytic developmental psychology. Throughout, Forrester keeps focus on the imagery that the child might be experiencing and argues that early sonic exposure is crucial to the growth and maintenance of a coherent self.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: language acquisition, music ability development, infant, neonate, psychoanalytic developmental psychology, communicative musicality, self
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF41 Psychology and philosophy
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature on music
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Michael Forrester
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2019 11:23 UTC
Last Modified: 06 May 2020 03:19 UTC
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