RE: infant studies, semiotics

From: Sophie Alcock (
Date: Mon Jan 17 2005 - 14:40:09 PST

Hi, Well it's not Clay, or Singer, but C.Trevarthen in the Uk who's written some interesting stuff on communication (and Intersubjectivity) musicality and infants. Getting back to the idea mentioned by Dianne about rhythm as being basic ... Trevarthen proposes an intrinsic motive pulse (IMP) that comprises:
 rhythmic time sense (beat, phrases, syllables)
sensitivity for variations in intensity, pitch, timbre...,
a perception of the narrative in "music"- in the emotional tone of the melody -
I wondered what folk think of this biological emphasis? The link to literacy is communication, but the emphasis is wider than words. The reference I have is in Trevarthen, C. (2002). Origins of musical identity: Evidence from infancy for musical social awareness. In R. MacDonald, D. Hargreaves and D. Miell (Eds), Musical Identities Oxford University press.

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From: Jay Lemke []
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 11:15 AM
Subject: Re: infant studies, semiotics

This might have been a direction I would have sent research students if I had been in a different program years ago. There are students today who are quite interested. I would bet that some work in Australia has gone in this direction. There was certainly a lot of bubbling in the pot there around such questions 10 years ago.

Anyone who knows what's been done in this direction, please clue us in!


At 07:53 PM 1/13/2005, you wrote:

Nice to read you online Diane. I'm not successful yet, but if burning out is they way there, i'm headed in the right direction.

I just wish someone could take the research around the development of literacy such as by Marie Clay, Singer, and others, and respin them off their "processing" theoretical models to semiotic models. It seems like such an obvious thing to do. I could really build on that, but i can't build it.


Jay Lemke
University of Michigan
School of Education
610 East University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Tel. 734-763-9276

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