Rhetoric and Oratory: Theoretical and Practical ManifestationsEmotional hearing as a sign of empathy qualities

Veselina Raeva

NATMA “Kr. Sarafov”, Faculty of Performing Arts,

Professor, PhD, Head of MA Program “Public Speech”

Email: veselinaraeva@yahoo.com

Abstract: There are two main scientific questions that the speech act and its two elements –reproduction and perception – sets up: firstly, how an efficient speaking effect could be achieved by choosing a proper text structure, vocabulary, syntactic construction, using prosody correctly and secondly, how to improve oral communication by training our emotional hearing in order to avoid the so called ‘information exchange’ type communication. Developing the perception function of speech and the hearing culture is directly related to the improving of the reproducing function, the speaking intonation and melody variations. In that case the act of structuring the conversation and activating the listener to post communication activity could improve the effective speaking which leads to the listener’s change of point of view, his emotional state and behaviour, the way he treats the situation and the world around him, etc. Thanks to the connection between empathy and emotional hearing (which indicates the existence of empathy qualities) grows the so-called emotional sympathy. In a human’s voice the verbal (linguistic) spectrum is represented by a wide range of nonverbal (extralinguistic) methods, increasing or reducing the emotional perceptibility. The author of the present scientific research is provoked by the rising atrophy of the ears – the organs of hearing – that reasons the loss of efficient communication with exchange of emotions and thoughts and the destruction of the two speech act elements – reproduction and perception.

Keywordsspeech acthearingemotional hearingempathyvoicespeaking effect,nonverbal methodscommunication.

Rhetoric and Communications Journal, Issue 39, April 2019

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