The Temporal Structure of Estonian Runic Songs

The Temporal Structure of Estonian Runic Songs

by Jaan Ross, Ilse Lehiste
     
 

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

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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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ISBN-13:
9783110170320
Publisher:
Mouton de Gruyter
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Series:
Phonology and Phonetics [PP] Series
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

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