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Bernard Bel, Geneviève Caelen-Haumont & Hema Rairkar

In: Communication, Culture and Confrontation

Chapter 6: Say it in Singing! Prosodic Patterns and Rhetorics in the Performance of Grindmill Songs

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Say it in Singing! Prosodic Patterns and Rhetorics in the Performance of Grindmill Songs
Say it in singing! Prosodic patterns and rhetorics in the performance of grindmill songs
BernardBel, GenevièveCaelen-Haumont and HemaRairkar

Experimental studies of reading and spontaneous speech analysis have brought into light the role of tonal patterns (an aspect of speech prosody) in conveying rhetoric aspects of verbal communication hitherto overlooked by classical linguistic analysis. Speakers tend to rely on tonal patterns–basically excursions of the fundamental pitch ‘F0’–to make their message ‘known’, ‘believed’ and to instil a subjective dimension into it.

It makes sense to hypothesize that similar strategies might be worked out by singers when the focus of their performance is a subjective re-interpretation of textual and symbolic contents of the ...

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