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Title: The Temporal Structure of Estonian Runic Songs
Written By: Ilse Lehiste
Jaan Ross
Series Title: Phonology & Phonetics 1

The Kalevala, or runic, songs are based on a tradition of 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 on the structure of 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.

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
Subject Language(s): Estonian
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110170329
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 205
Prices: DM 136,- / approx. US$ 68.00