Discussed differences between communication and language
Communication - a behavior that affects the behavior of another
Language - a form or extension of communication
Looked at the etymology of communication
Steven Parker video from www.ted.com
Language is a window to human nature and to our thoughts
Language is a way of negotiating relationships
We need to be aware of syntax and semantics when we tell.
What do you want to emphasize? What words need to be focused on? How will you order the words you use? What words will you use?
When speaking for performance, put emphasis on verbs
1 - Someone chooses a word then everyone has a chance to say a word that has the same beginning sound
2 - Someone chooses a word then everyone has a chance to say a word that has the same ending sound
3 - Someone chooses a word then everyone has a chance to say a word that has the same middle sound (could be more than one middle sound)
4- Someone chooses a word then the person next to them says a word that starts with the same sound the first person's word ended with (go around the circle)
Then as a group we experimented with wordless sounds and vocal sounds, nasal sounds and oral sounds, consonants and vowels.
Voice - vibrate vocal chords, create sound
Speech - break up sound into distinct units
Voice can take on various forms, it is like squeezing playdough through a toy that makes it come out like noodles or some other form
We did some tongue twisters to distinguish the different sounds
Compared and contrasted the following sentences:
O Romeo Romeo wherefore art though Romeo
To be or not to be that is the question
Sounds in these sentences gave us a different feeling. First one had lots of lower vowels (o) and seemed more emotional. Second sound had higher vowels (e) and seemed more intellectual.
Talked about the rhythm of each sentence and how that helps bring out the emotion and meaning of the sentences.