UT-TER

November 28, 2009

Mauri Mask

Mauri Mask

To ut-ter, is to speak

… the line of language

by Andrew Lovatt

To utter is to “make sound”. It comes with its own meaning.

An utterance grows from a sound. (Or is it a sound which is born from the will to utter? ) A single tone becomes an utterance by changing into two and more tones. The line of language extends from the word. Just as a tone flows into polytonal expression, these compound sounds form words which flow into meaning. This sequential expression of polytonal sounds attempts to convey the meaning of something which is essentially unspeakable. It is the convention of the sequence and our acceptance of it which makes language understandable. We agree to agree that these utterances, intoned in a sequential line approximate or evoke to some degree something we wish to express.

“a song is not a Nightingale

if it is sung by a Bear

Each rock in the universe

embodies its own unique sound”

Notes: An intonation is the sly intelligence at work in language.