Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To use Evernote for note taking…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

Evernote  is a general note taking application that integrates with your browser.  You can use it to save entire articles, bookmark articles, take notes, and more. It comes in both a free version which has limited synchronization capabilities, and also a subscription version, which raises that limit. You can download Evernote for your computer here. It can be used online, and there’s an app for it as well.

Some of the things you can do with Evernote:

  • Save search-result lists
  • Save complete articles
  • Save bookmarks to articles


For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Laing, R.D. (1961). The First Five Minutes: By Robert E. Pittenger, Charles F. Hockett, and John J. Danehy. (New York: Martineau, 1960. Pp. 264. $6.50.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 42:477-478.

(1961). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 42:477-478

The First Five Minutes: By Robert E. Pittenger, Charles F. Hockett, and John J. Danehy. (New York: Martineau, 1960. Pp. 264. $6.50.)

Review by:
R. D. Laing

This book is the result of the cooperation of two psychiatrists (Pittenger and Danehy) and an anthropological linguist (Hockett) in analysing every item of sound recorded in the first five minutes of an initial psychiatric interview conducted by Redlich. This is one of three interviews discussed in what are now macroscopic terms in The Initial Interview (Gill, Newman, Redlich: New York, 1956).

The book is addressed principally to two groups of professional readers, psychiatrists and linguists. The psychiatric running commentary on the exchange is couched in fairly non-technical language. In this the authors try as far as possible to use descriptive categories that do not presuppose too many inferences. Thus Redlich's initial 'What Brings You Here?' is described as 'an opening gambit', which is relatively 'open-ended' and 'non-directive', etc.

The 'straight' transcription, however, is the least of it, for the linguistic analysis involves not only a phonetic transcription, but a paralinguistic notation for all the sounds that come out of each person, apart from language in the strict sense. Variations in volume, register, tempo, voice quality, the distributions of stress, the variations in smoothness of delivery, the hums and haws, the sighs (and types of sighs), pauses, silences, etc.—all are notated. One reads the complete transcript very much like a musical score, on four vertical levels proceeding from left to right. In this part of the book, as in certain hymn-books, the 'music' is on the upper half of pages cut horizontally in Dutch door style, while a discursive commentary is on the bottom half-pages.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.