Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sighing and disappointment sounds

Have I written here about the non-verbal narratives like sighs and the two-note descending minor 3rd of disappointment? The latter is present in the "Ha Ha" of Nelson on The Simpsons, and words like "sorry", "uh oh", "too bad", and in the top-hat cymbal combo after a joke falls flat.

My question is: is the sound of sighing the same narrative as the sound of disappointment? More generally, how would you establish boundaries between one meaning and another, for non-verbal entities?

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