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Language, the Singer and the Song : the Sociolinguistics of Folk Performance.

Author: Richard J Watts; Franz Andres Morrissey
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
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This book discusses performance in communities of practice, social criticism through song, and how folk song and language interact.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Watts, Richard J.
Language, the Singer and the Song : The Sociolinguistics of Folk Performance.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard J Watts; Franz Andres Morrissey
ISBN: 9781316998458 1316998452 9781316285657 1316285650
OCLC Number: 1085228458
Notes: Variable Song Schemata, but One Song
Description: 1 online resource (392 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half-title page; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; List of Images; List of Figures; List of Tables; Preface; Introduction; Essentials of Folk Performance; The Structure of the Book; A Reference Performance; The Website; Conventions; A Functional Definition of Folk Song; Bonding People Together through Song; 'All Music is Folk Music'; Prologue; 1 Language and Music; Language and Music as Communication Systems; Languaging and Musicking; Missing Links; 'Hmmmmm' and Human Language; Mithen's Hypothesis; What Happened to 'Hmmmmm'?; Ontogenetic Evidence for the Priority of 'Hmmmmm' Song1 and Song2: Distinguishing Hominins from Other SpeciesBird Song and Hominid Song; Hominid Song as an Exaptive Ability or an Adaptive Faculty: Song1?; The Emergence of Song2; A Footnote on the Development of Instrumental Music; Containing Ritual; Symbolic Containers; The Symbolic Container of Ritual as the Source of Music; The Sociolinguistics of Song Performance; Part I Creating Community and Identity through Song; 2 'Breaking through' into Performance; Singing, Languaging and Performing; Hymes' Notion of Breaking through into Performance; The Chip Shop: Keying-in and Keying-out Performance in the Social Sciences since the 1950sLanguaging in the Performance Mode and Conceptualising Performance in the Social Sciences; Performance as Ritualised Social Drama; Defining 'Performance'; Constructing and Using the Container; Constructing the Container in Emergent Social Practice; Relational and Representational Singing Performances and the Performance Continuum; Representational Performances; The Performance Continuum and Hybrid Performance Types; Classifying Performance Contexts; 3 The Communality of Folk Song: Co-performance and Co-production; Singing to Create a Community The Eel's FootThe Princess Charlotte; The Monkseaton Arms; Community Concepts in Sociolinguistics; The Community of Practice; The Discourse Community; Co-performance and the Co-production of a 'Folk'; Shanties and Rowing Songs; Marching Songs; Community in Song; Song Choices; Characteristics of Communal Songs; From Rubber Soul to Rubber Folk; 4 Answering Back: Rebels with and without a Cause; A Social Conundrum; Finding a Voice; The Voice of Folk Song; Answering Back; Folk Song and Modernity; Folk Song and Protest; The Nature of Protest in Song: Musical Aspects Strategies for 'Answering Back' in SongAnswering Back in English-speaking Folk Worlds; Answering Back in Scotland and Ireland: A Historical Sketch; Answering Back in the USA: A Historical Sketch; Concluding Issues; Part II Variation in Language and Folk Song; 5 'The Times They Are a-Changin'': Language Change and Song Change; The Longevity of Songs; The Actuation Process in Language Change and the Transmission Process in Song Change; Three Hypothetical Principles for Tracing the History of Folk Songs; A Song Schema; Songs as Narratives; Songs as Blueprints

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