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Language, the singer and the song : the sociolinguistics of folk performance

Author: Richard J Watts; Franz Andres Morrissey
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The relationship between language and music has much in common - rhythm, structure, sound, metaphor. Exploring the phenomena of song and performance, this book presents a sociolinguistic model for analysing them. Based on ethnomusicologist John Blacking's contention that any song performed communally is a 'folk song' regardless of its generic origins, it argues that folk song to a far greater extent than other song  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard J Watts; Franz Andres Morrissey
ISBN: 9781107112711 1107112710
OCLC Number: 1013962761
Description: xvii, 372 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Prologue. Language and music --
Part I. Creating community and identity through song. "Breaking through" into performance ; The communality of folk song : co-performance and co-production ; Answering back : Rebels with and without a cause --
Part II. Variation in language and folk song. "The times they are a-changin" : Language change and song change ; Ideologies, authenticities and traditions ; "Insects caught in amber" : Preserving songs in print, transcript and recording --
Part III. Folk song performance and linguistics. Voices in the folk song ; The song : Text and entextualisation in performance ; Going out there and doing your thing ; Enregisterment through song : The performer's credibility --
Epilogue. Whiter folk song, whither sociolinguistics? --
Appendix : Overview of musical concepts.
Responsibility: Richard J. Watts, Franz Andres Morrissey.

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Language and music have much in common, such as rhythm, structure, sound and metaphor. Drawing on ideas from linguistics, performance studies and musicology, this monograph proposes a sociolinguistic  Read more...

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