Partial devocalization refers to removal of only a portion of the vocal cords.
Animal rights activists see the devocalization process as cruel.
To show this and to write the history of this devocalization
, Cavarero focuses on another instance of misplaced concreteness--Aristotle's definition of man as living being that uses language--what Aristotle describes as phone semantike (signifying voice).
The Banfield announcement was released just in time to support the efforts of animal advocates working to ban devocalization
of dogs in the state of Massachusetts, House Bill 344.
Yamada has devised rules of devocalization based on the concept of "silent" i and u vowels, which is also discussed by Fiordo.
The first of rule of devocalization occurs when the u vowel is combined with an unvoiced consonant at the end of a word, the most common combination of which is /su/.
A provocative exercise could be crossing Carolyn Abbate's reflection on voice, song, and performance with Cavarero's concept of a devocalization
of the logos, starting from the implications of her closer reading of the reception of the Siren myth.
Provisions were kept in place for allowing devocalization
for medical reasons such as injuries, congenital defects, and diseases.
She acknowledged the provision in the bill allowing for devocalization
for medical reasons.
Supporters, noting that Angell Animal Medical Center, veterinarians and animal shelters statewide support the ban, say devocalization
is inhumane and vocal cord surgery poses serious, life-threatening risks and potential complications regardless of who performs it.
Unless a medical condition exists wherein devocalization
is indicated, this practice should be considered an act of cruelty," said Dr.
They argue, if devocalization
is banned, there will be a rise in the surrender, abuse and euthanasia of noisy dogs.