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LINGUIST List 23.5280

Sat Dec 15 2012

Books: Playing by Ear and the Tip of the Tongue: Tsur

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 04-Dec-2012
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Playing by Ear and the Tip of the Tongue: Tsur
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Title: Playing by Ear and the Tip of the Tongue
Subtitle: Precategorial information in poetry
Series Title: Linguistic Approaches to Literature 14

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/lal.14

Author: Reuven Tsur

Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273253 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273253 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273253 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027233493 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 111.30
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027233493 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027233493 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00


In our everyday life we are flooded by a pandemonium of information which
consciousness organizes into more easily manageable phonetic and semantic
categories. In poetry reading, however, the total effect of a poem is not only
obtained by some of these categories but also by precategorial information,
for which there is a growing body of empirical evidence of its psychological
reality. In the Tip of the Tongue phenomenon, a great amount of diffuse
precategorial information is present but fails to “grow together” into a
compact word, generating a feeling of some dense, undifferentiated mass.
Poetic language typically exploits such precategorial information for its
effects. By way of theoretical considerations and close readings, this book
explores the semantic and phonetic strategies by which a text may increase
or decrease the impact of such information. It investigates the conditions
that boost or inhibit overtone fusion in rhyme and alliteration. By seeking
empirical evidence for the claims he makes in different fields such as music,
art, literature, linguistics, experiments in the speech laboratory, the author
provides ample and sound examples (ambiguity intended) in an almost
conversational tone, which makes us really anticipate reading each new

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature

Written In: English (eng)

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