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Dorottya Fabian, Renee Timmers, and Emery Schubert

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199659647

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659647.001.0001

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Temporal Variation in Singing as Interplay between Speech and Music in Estonian Songs

Temporal Variation in Singing as Interplay between Speech and Music in Estonian Songs

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(p.185) Chapter 11 Temporal Variation in Singing as Interplay between Speech and Music in Estonian Songs
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Expressiveness in music performance
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Pärtel Lippus

Jaan Ross

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659647.003.0011

Acoustic syllable durations were measured in Estonian utterances performed in parallel as recited and sung. A systematic effect of phonological syllable length was found irrespective of the group of participants (contemporary or historic). This effect of syllable length was modified by the mode of performance: it was present considerably less in music than in speech. In music, the effect of syllable length was in turn modified by song: it was present in two of the three songs, but absent in one song. The above results suggest that the correspondence between linguistic duration and musical rhythm in a quantity language such as Estonian is loosely defined. The nature of the correspondence between linguistic quantity and musical rhythm may be considered to a certain extent analogous to the tone–tune relationship in tonal languages.

Keywords:   syllable, Estonian, linguistic duration, musical rhythm, quantity language, tonal language

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