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1. Singing is a form of → communication belonging to many highly developed species, including the human being. Extending the concept somewhat, and thus including melodic articulations such as crying out, cheering, a soothing murmur, and the like, it seems altogether plausible that the more abstractly codifying communication of → language has arisen precisely from these ‘song’ forms. While language must be passed on culturally, the voice ranks as the immed…

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Neitzke, Dietmar, “Singing/Song”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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