Ventriloquism as communicative music
Keywords:communication theory, ventriloquism, pragmatism, signification, metadiscourse
AbstractThis essay explicates connections between communication theory and François Cooren’s discussion of ventriloquism. Cooren provides a theoretical and practical exposition of a situated and contextually shaped communicative agent. Ventriloquism offers a practical depiction of the limits of individualism, or unrestrained individual autonomy. Ventriloquism suggests that we live within sounds and voices that continually affect a communicator; one cannot confuse the influence of random and, at times, orchestrated sounds and voices with ownership grounded within a single communicative agent. Ventriloquism explicates everyday life as orchestrated by ongoing communicative music of sounds and voices.
How to Cite
Arnett, R. C. (2015). Ventriloquism as communicative music. Language Under Discussion, 2(1), 41–44. https://doi.org/10.31885/lud.2.1.242