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Title

Learning to "Yo!": Synchronicity and rhythm in the creation of a public sphere

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

American Communication Journal

Volume

4

Issue

2

Abstract

Rhythmic aspects of discourse have traditionally been treated as an element of style, but the full range of synchronized physical activity is not considered rhetorical within the Western paradigm. This project examines the way in which rhythmic vocalizations and synchronized behavior can function to create the sense of community necessary for rhetorical action. I conclude that rhetorical theory is incomplete until it accounts for the communicative physicality required to create a viable public sphere. copyright 2000, 2001, ACJ.

Original Publication Date

12-1-2001

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