Language, the singer and the song : the sociolinguistics of folk performance / Richard J. Watts, Franz Andres Morrissey.
- Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2019. , ©2019
xvii, 372 pages ; 24 cm
- Music -- Performance -- Social aspects.
Music and language.
Folk songs -- History and criticism.
Music and language.
- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
- 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 genres displays 'communal' or 'inclusive' types of performance. The defining feature of folk song as a multi-modal instantiation of music and language is its participatory nature, making it ideal for sociolinguistic analysis. In this sense, a folk song is the product of specific types of developing social interaction whose major purpose is the construction of a temporally and locally based community. Through repeated instantiations, this can lead to disparate communities of practice, which, over time, develop sociocultural registers and a communal stance towards aspects of meaningful events in everyday lives that become typical of a discourse community. -- Page  of cover.
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.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 332-346) and index.
- Morrissey, Franz Andres, author.
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