Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Wiley-Blackwell Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

By: Ernst Jahr

Provides richly detailed insight into the uniqueness of the Norwegian language development. Marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian nation following centuries of Danish rule


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

By Neil Smith

The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.


New from Brill!

ad

Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

By Henk Zeevat

The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin


Query Details


Query Subject:   Children's Taunting Tune
Author:   Lee Hartman
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Pragmatics

Query:   Wed, 14 Jan 1998 09:45:57 -0600 (CST)
Lee Hartman
lhartman@siu.edu
Children's Taunting Tune



Sol mi la sol mi
Nyeah nyeah nya nyeah nyeah!
You ca- -an't catch me!
Yes I- -I ca- -an!
John- ny's a cry- baby!
(Same tune as ''It's raining, it's pouring,
the old man is snoring.'')

During my childhood here in the U.S.A., when my playmates
wanted to taunt one another, regardless with what words, they sang
them to this tune. Since then I have heard that English-speaking
children all over the world use the same tune. Though I can't be
sure, I think I have also heard informally the incredible claim that
_all_ children, regardless of language, use this tune to taunt one
another!
Can anyone shed light on these myths? Do children's taunts in
other languages assume standard tunes?

- ------------------------------------------------------------------
Lee Hartman
Dept. of Foreign Languages
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4521
U.S.A.
LL Issue: 9.51
Date posted: 15-Jan-1998



Back

Sums main page