[Lingtyp] transcribing songs in linguistics articles

Woodbury, Anthony C woodbury at austin.utexas.edu
Thu Jun 10 18:25:24 UTC 2021

Thanks Adam and Lev. An excellent specific example is:

Barwick, Linda; Birch, Bruce & Evans, Nicholas. 2007. Iwaidja _Jurtbirrk_ songs: Bringing language and music together. Australian Aboriginal Studies 2007/2: 6-34.

Also by Linda:  ‘Including music and the temporal arts in language documentation’, pp. 166-179 in Nick Thieberger, ed. (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Fieldwork. OUP.

And from a different era and perspective, there’s also this:

Lerdahl, Fred & Jackendoff, Ray. 1983. A generative theory of tonal music. MIT Press.

Basically, there are many ways of representing music, musical performance, and music in relation to speech, and these multiply even more when you consider work not only by linguists but also linguistic anthropologists and musicologists. The key is to think carefully about what facets of the overall ’text’ you want to consider, highlight, and analyze, and then devise perspicuous ways of showing it. One size does NOT fit all!


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Hi Adam,

There is a lot of work on this topic by Americanist linguists and linguistic anthropologists influenced by the ethnopoetics tradition. There are many possible things to mention, but the two following collections will get you into that literature:

Sherzer, J. and Woodbury, A.C. eds., 1987. Native American discourse: Poetics and rhetoric. Cambridge University Press.

Sherzer, J. and Urban, G. eds., 2010. Native South American discourse. Walter de Gruyter.


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