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Sat Dec 15 2012

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

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Title: Playing by Ear and the Tip of the TongueSubtitle: Precategorial information in poetrySeries Title: Linguistic Approaches to Literature 14

Publication Year: 2012Publisher: John Benjamins

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Author: Reuven Tsur

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


In our everyday life we are flooded by a pandemonium of information whichconsciousness organizes into more easily manageable phonetic and semanticcategories. In poetry reading, however, the total effect of a poem is not onlyobtained by some of these categories but also by precategorial information,for which there is a growing body of empirical evidence of its psychologicalreality. In the Tip of the Tongue phenomenon, a great amount of diffuseprecategorial information is present but fails to “grow together” into acompact word, generating a feeling of some dense, undifferentiated mass.Poetic language typically exploits such precategorial information for itseffects. By way of theoretical considerations and close readings, this bookexplores the semantic and phonetic strategies by which a text may increaseor decrease the impact of such information. It investigates the conditionsthat boost or inhibit overtone fusion in rhyme and alliteration. By seekingempirical evidence for the claims he makes in different fields such as music,art, literature, linguistics, experiments in the speech laboratory, the authorprovides ample and sound examples (ambiguity intended) in an almostconversational tone, which makes us really anticipate reading each newchapter.

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature Phonetics

Written In: English (eng)

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