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Query Details

Query Subject:   "counting-out" rhymes
Author:   Andy Arleo
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Dear Linguists,

I am doing research on counting-out rhymes, i.e. children's rhymes
used to designate, usually through elimination, a central player in
games like tag or hide and seek. I am familiar with the literature on
counting-out rhymes in English (e.g., Abrahams & Rankin, Opie,
Sutton-Smith) and French (Baucomont et al., Laforte) and am
particularly interested in information on c-o-r in non-IE languages. I
would greatly appreciate any information you could provide in the
areas listed below. I will be happy to post a summary of the results.

-References to studies, collections and recordings.
-Observations concerning form (especially metrics and rhythm),
content, function, sociolinguistic variables (age, sex, social class),
-Example(s) of (popular) counting-out rhymes used at presen
(with the following information)
1) language or dialec
2) country, region or geographical area
3) words for "counting-out rhyme", "to count out", "counting-out",
4) name(s) of central player, often called "It" in English, who chases
or seeks other players

Best regards,

Andy Arleo
Université de Nantes/ LACITO-CNRS

LL Issue: 13.1969
Date posted: 24-Jul-2002


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