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Query:   Intonation & Musical Melody
Author:  Aniruddh Patel
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Phonology

Summary:   Dear linguists,

Thanks very much to those who responded to my recent query about prior
research on relationship between the speech intonation contours of song
lyrics (when spoken as text) and the musical melody to which those lyrics
were set in song. There has been a fair amount of work on this question in
tone languages, but we are looking for research on intonation languages,
especially English and French.

Based on the four responses received, it appears that little work has been
done on this topic, and no empirical work at all.

Steven Schaufele recommended looking at recitatives
in 18th-century Italian opera, especially of some of the dialogues and
private monologues/asides, in Mozart's “Marriage of Figaro”, where the
musical line follows the normal rhythm & intonation of what the spoken
Italian would be rather closely.

Leigh VanHandel noted thought that only a couple of older
studies have looked at this issue, using selected phrases from one or two
songs at best.

Hugo Quene pointed me to this article on speech-music
relations in a tone language: J. Baart (2004). Tone and song in Kalam
Kohistani (Pakistan).
In: H. Quene & V.J. van Heuven, eds. (2004). On Speech and Language:
Studies for Sieb G. Nooteboom. Utrecht: Netherlands Graduate School of
Linguistics. LOT Occasional Series; 2. ISBN 90-76864-53-5.

Finally, Edda Leopold commented that he did
empirical work on F0- recognition on German in his diploma-thesis, and got
the impression that theme-rheme relation the text is reflected in a kind of
dominant-tonic relation in the prosody.

Ani Patel

LL Issue: 18.2239
Date Posted: 25-Jul-2007
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