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The Rhythm of Speech, Verse and Vocal Music: A New Theory

Rodríguez-Vázquez, Rosalía

The Rhythm of Speech, Verse and Vocal Music: A New Theory

Series: Linguistic Insights - Volume 110

Year of Publication: 2010

Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. 394 pp., 45 ill.
ISBN 978-3-0343-0309-5 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.560 kg, 1.235 lbs

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Book synopsis

This book represents a step forward into the development of text-setting studies from an Optimality Theory perspective, concentrating on the strong bond between the rhythm of spoken language and that of text set to music. It provides an overview of the prosodic characteristics of spoken English and Spanish (both synchronic and diachronic) as well as the evolution of their standard versification systems in order to explore the systematic application of a number of text-setting Optimality Theory constraints to a large corpus of English and Spanish folk and art songs. The theoretical and empirical analysis of the song corpus is developed to raise interest in the study of suprasegmental phonology from an interdisciplinary point of view, presenting vocal music as a firm locus for the study of prosody, as well as to determine the degree of accuracy of the OT-based theories argued for in the existing literature.


Contents: Text-setting – Metrics – Prosody – Stress – Stress-timed languages – Syllable-timed languages – Rhythm – Optimality Theory – Song.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Rosalía Rodríguez-Vázquez obtained B.A. degrees in English Philology and Music Performance from the University of Vigo, a Master’s degree in Linguistics and Music from the University of Edinburgh and doctoral degrees in Phonology and Music from the University of Edinburgh, and English Linguistics from the University of Vigo. She currently lectures at the University of Vigo (Spain).


Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 110
Edited by Maurizio Gotti