query: rap music across languages

David Gil gil at EVA.MPG.DE
Thu Aug 30 09:47:38 UTC 2012

Dear all,

Is anybody familiar with any published studies of rap, examining the 
relationship between musical beat and lexical stress?  I'd be interested 
in such studies for English, or for any other language.

Background:  I have observed possible differences across different 
dialects of Indonesian, which seem to be related to their different 
stress patterns, and I would like to know whether such correlations 
reflect more general cross-linguistic tendencies.  Of course, many such 
studies exist for other poetic and musical genres, but my interest here 
is specifically in rap, ie. "spoken" language associated with a 
typically binary beat.



David Gil

Department of Linguistics
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
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Email: gil at eva.mpg.de
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