query: rap music across languages

Dan Slobin slobin at BERKELEY.EDU
Fri Aug 31 03:49:24 UTC 2012

Here is a reply from ethnomusicology:

From: <Charry>, Eric <<mailto:echarry at wesleyan.edu>echarry at wesleyan.edu>
Date: Thursday, August 30, 2012 10:04 PM
Subject: Re: query: rap music across languages

The first three are probably the most relevant.

Bradley, Adam 2009 Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of 
Hip Hop. New York: BasicCivitas.
Krims, Adam 2000 Rap Music and the Poetics of 
Identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Manabe, Noriko 2006 "Globalization and Japanese 
Creativity: Adaptation of Japanese Language to 
Rap." Ethnomusicology 50(1): 1–36.

Alim, H. Samy, Awad Ibrahim, and Alastair 
Pennycook (eds.) 2009 Global Linguistic Flows: 
Hip Hop Cultures, Youth Identities, and the 
Politics of Language. New York: Routledge.
Auzanneau, Michelle and Vincent Fayol  2004 
“Aeusserungsereignis und Sprachvariabilitaet im 
senegalesischen Rap,” in Eva Kimminich (ed.), 
Rap: More than Words. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, pages 205-232.
Pennycook, Alastair 2007 Global Englishes and 
Transcultural Flows. London and New York: Routledge.
Terkourafi, Marina (ed.) 2010 The Languages of 
Global Hip Hop. New York and London: Continuum.

At 02:47 AM 30-08-12, David Gil wrote:
>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
>Deutscher Platz 6, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany
>Telephone: 49-341-3550321 Fax: 49-341-3550119
>Email: gil at eva.mpg.de
>Webpage:  http://www.eva.mpg.de/~gil/

Dan I. Slobin
Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Linguistics
University of California, Berkeley
email: slobin at berkeley.edu
address: 2323 Rose St., Berkeley, CA 94708
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