The Third Volume in the series Communication Processes engages in understanding processes of communication in relation to cultural configurations and contending forces that permeate them. This volume is positioned at the interface of culture and communication—exploring ways in which interaction, negotiations, and even conflicts are voiced. It re-examines our conception of culture to show that communities cannot be divided into polarities such as ‘elite and popular’ or ‘dominant and subaltern’—establishing that such clear divisions cannot exist in society. Culture is therefore perceived as a field of contending forces: a milieu of exchange, encounter, confrontation, and possibly conflict.
Chapter 6: Say it in Singing! Prosodic Patterns and Rhetorics in the Performance of Grindmill Songs
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 ...