The Temporal Structure of Estonian Runic Songs

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Walter de Gruyter, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 205 pages
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The Kalevala, or runic, songs is a tradition at least a few thousand years old. It was shared by Finns, Estonians and other speakers of smaller Baltic-Finnic languages inhabiting the eastern side of the Baltic Sea in North-Eastern Europe. This book offers a combined perspective of a musicologist and a linguist to the structure of the runic songs. Archival recordings of the songs originating mostly from the first half of the 20th century were used as source material for this study. The results reveal a complex interaction between three different processes participating in singing: speech prosody, metre, and musical rhythm.
  

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Contents

Chapter
1
Distribution of runic songs in time and space
7
The textual component in runic songs
13
Some peculiarities in the geographical distribution
19
Collections and publications of Estonian
27
Summary
33
Syllabic quantity and the quantity of prosodic feet
42
Overlength
48
Prescriptive and descriptive notation
69
Modelling of syllable durations in the runic songs
78
Covariance analysis
84
Material and methods
90
Changes in the temporal realization of wordinitial
97
Realization of prosodic structure in recitation and laments
109
Chapter 8
129
Notes
187

Chapter 4
57
Chapter 5
63

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About the author (2001)

Ilse Lehiste is Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University, USA. Jaan Ross is Professor at Tartu University, Estonia.

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