Edge effects in warlpiri yawulyu songs: Resyllabification, Epenthesis, final vowel modification

Turpin, Myfany and Laughren, Mary (2013) Edge effects in warlpiri yawulyu songs: Resyllabification, Epenthesis, final vowel modification. Australian Journal of Linguistics, 33 4: 399-425. doi:10.1080/07268602.2013.857569

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Author Turpin, Myfany
Laughren, Mary
Title Edge effects in warlpiri yawulyu songs: Resyllabification, Epenthesis, final vowel modification
Journal name Australian Journal of Linguistics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0726-8602
Publication date 2013-12-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07268602.2013.857569
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 33
Issue 4
Start page 399
End page 425
Total pages 27
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 1203 Design Practice and Management
3310 Linguistics and Language
Abstract Song genres vary as to which aspects of language and music are matched to create a well-formed song. For example, English folk songs match stressed syllables to strong musical beats. Some song styles have no requirements on how language and music should align. This article analyses how text and music align in Warlpiri women's songs from central Australia and finds there are text-setting rules for setting text to musical rhythm. We first identify the formal units of the text and music and then account for their combination by two matching rules. In Warlpiri, text-setting involves matching each syllable to one metrical (rhythmic) position and aligning phonological phrase edges with bar edges. Linguistic units smaller than the phrase, such as those in reduplications and other polymorphemic words, require no such alignment. Alignment is often met through lengthening the right edge of a phrase, which often results in a distortion of the patterns of syllabic prominence in speech. Preferred structures for both text and music can lead to variations of a song based on a reordering of these preferences. This can be exploited to restructure songs when words must be avoided for social reasons.
Keyword Metre
Rhythmic Patterns
Text Setting
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID LP0560567
Institutional Status UQ

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