Book

Cummins, Fred (2018) The Ground From Which We Speak: Joint speech and the collective subject is a book exploring the topic of joint speech. It is slated to appear as a physical product with Cambridge Scholars, hopefully before the end of 2018.

The book introduces the topic of joint speech through examples that are also documented below. After becoming familiar with the topic, the question is raised: Why is there almost no empirical science of joint speech? Chapters 4 to 7 detail some preliminary scientific work in the phonetics, neuroscience, linguistics and movement sciences, all of which suggests that joint speech is rich territory for empirical investigation. The primary scientific sources are collected here under documentation. The absence of work on the topic suggests instead a difficulty in the contemporary scientific landscape of treating adequately of collective aspirations, collective intentions, and collective subjects. The final two chapters suggest that the emerging vocabulary of enaction may be of use as such topics are pursued.

A 2 page precis of the book is available.

Feedback to fred.cummins@ucd.ie would be most welcome.

The first nine examples described in the book are provided here in video form.

Example 1: Reciting the Rosary

Example 2: Strife an the Al Aqsa Mosque

Example 3: I need you to help me testify

Example 4: The Human Microphone

Example 5: Swearing an oath of allegiance

Example 6: U.S.A.

Example 7: Countdown

Example 8: Commemorative Silence during a talk

Example 9: The Nightingale of the Revolution