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Rhythm in Speech, Prose and Verse

Jürgen Esser

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Jürgen Esser, Rhythm in Speech, Prose and Verse (2011), Logos Verlag, Berlin, ISBN: 9783832589318

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Beschreibung / Abstract

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.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

  • BEGINN
  • 1 The nature and meanings of rhythm
  • 1.1 Brief historical background
  • 1.2 Rhythm in language typology
  • 1.3 Rhythm in speech and prose
  • 1.4 Rhythm in verse
  • 2 Critical evaluation of rhythm-related concepts
  • 2.1 Syllable
  • 2.2 Stress
  • 2.3 Foot
  • 2.4 Accent
  • 2.5 Isochrony: The rhythmic speech fallacy
  • 2.6 Metre
  • 3 Levels of abstraction
  • 3.1 Introduction
  • 3.2 Medium-independent units and structures: wording
  • 3.3 Medium-dependent phonic units and structures: sounding
  • 3.4 Medium-dependent graphic units and structures: writing
  • 4 A linguistic definition of rhythm
  • 5 Types of rhythm
  • 5.1 Overview
  • 5.2 Medium-independent rhythm
  • 5.3 Medium-dependent phonic rhythm
  • 5.4 Medium-dependent graphic rhythm
  • 6 Rhythm in textual rhetoric
  • 6.1 Overview
  • 6.2 The principle of rhythmic arrangement
  • 6.3 Author-defined lining
  • 7 Rhythm in oral presentation
  • 7.1 Spontaneous speech
  • 7.2 Reading prose
  • 7.3 Reading verse
  • 8 Conclusions
  • References
  • Index

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