LINGUIST List 13.802

Mon Mar 25 2002

Books: Phonology & Phonetics: Ross & Lehiste

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  1. Julia Ulrich, The Temporal Structure of Estonian Runic Songs

Message 1: The Temporal Structure of Estonian Runic Songs

Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 10:06:16 +0100
From: Julia Ulrich <>
Subject: The Temporal Structure of Estonian Runic Songs

Series Editor: Aditi Lahiri

Phonology and Phonetics have had a tumultuous, if not always
unequivocal relationship. It is now being invigorated from both sides,
after mutual disinterest had prevailed for some time and disciplines
which are natural partners were drifting apart. This series aims to
stabilize and strengthen the relationship and, by facing the big
challenges, to ensure that it will have a sound future.

The series is a forum for the interaction of phonology and phonetics
within linguistics. It welcomes joint phonological-phonetic ventures
as well as initiatives from either discipline, as long as they are
made with a view of the other. It is envisaged to publish one or two
volumes of original work per year.

Approaches to the study of sound suitable for this series may be
theoretical or experimental; and if they have practical applications,
so much the better. The perspectives afforded by language acquisition,
psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, historical linguistics, and
typology and universals will be particularly valued. Themes too
promising to be ignored, from whichever angle, are as varied as the
phonology and phonetics of features, tone and intonation, sound and
grammar, metrics and verse, sound change, or speech recognition by man
and machine.

Jaan Ross and Ilse Lehiste
The Temporal Structure of Estonian Runic Songs
2001. 23 x 15,5 cm. ix, 205 pages.
Euro 68.00 / sFr 109,- / approx. US$ 68.00
ISBN 3-11-017032-9

(Phonology and Phonetics 1)

The Kalevala, or runic, songs are based on a tradition of at least a
few thousand years old. It was shared by Finns, Estonians and other
speakers of smaller Baltic-Finnic languages inhabiting the eastern
side of the Baltic Sea in North-Eastern Europe. This book offers a
combined perspective of a musicologist and a linguist on the structure
of runic songs. Archival recordings of the songs originating mostly
from the first half of the 20th century were used as source material
for this study. The results reveal a complex interaction between three
different processes participating in singing: speech prosody, metre,
and musical rhythm.


1. Introduction
2. Estonian old folksongs: history, tradition, collections and
3. Estonian prosody
4. The metrical structure of Estonian folksongs
5. Estonian folksong as musical performance
6. Realization of the prosodic structure of Estonian in sung folksongs
7. Realization of prosodic structure in recitation and laments
8. Conclusions
Appendix: Notations of Estonian folksongs and laments

For more information please contact the publisher:
Mouton de Gruyter
Genthiner Str. 13
10785 Berlin, Germany
Fax: +49 30 26005 222

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