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Rhythm in Speech, Prose and Verse: A Linguistic Description

Rhythm in Speech, Prose and Verse: A Linguistic Description

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  • ISBN-13: 9783832528454
  • Publisher: Logos Verlag
  • Release Date: Jun 20, 2011
  • Pages: 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.75 x 8.0 x 0.5 inches

Overview

In contrast to other works, the linguistic approach to rhythm presented in this book does not start from decontextualized structures but from performance data in a bottom-up fashion. Drawing on Halliday's distinction between wording, writing, and sounding, the proposed model takes account of several levels of abstraction. Important categories for data analysis are syllable rhythm and accent rhythm, which interact to establish prominence patterns (peaks and valleys) that can be observed in spontaneous and prepared speech, readings and recitals. Excluding subjective factors of analysis, the new model offers a tool to describe the rhythmic potential of prose and verse and to evaluate rhythmic performances of reading and reciting.

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