The language of song: Some recent approaches in description and analysis

Turpin, Myfany and Stebbins, Tonya (2010) The language of song: Some recent approaches in description and analysis. Australian Journal of Linguistics, 30 1: 1-17. doi:10.1080/07268600903133998

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Author Turpin, Myfany
Stebbins, Tonya
Title The language of song: Some recent approaches in description and analysis
Journal name Australian Journal of Linguistics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-2996
Publication date 2010-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07268600903133998
Open Access Status
Volume 30
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 20 Language, Communication and Culture
1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
2004 Linguistics
190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Formatted abstract
Singing is an activity that happens in every society. But the ways that texts and music align with each other and the ways meanings are conveyed, and how the activity fits into larger contexts vary considerably from society to society. The study of song draws in not only the discipline of musicology but also many fields of linguistic inquiry*phonology, poetics, morphology, semantics and pragmatics. Like words and morphemes, songs are form-meaning units to be included in any complete language description. The papers in this volume reveal songs to be highly structured art forms that have the ability to convey complex associations of meaning beyond everyday spoken language. The papers arise from a workshop that aimed to explore the linguistic features of song in a cross-disciplinary context with a view to strengthening ties between linguists, musicologists and anthropologists working in this field.
Keyword Verse
Texts and music alignment
Language description
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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