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The Intonational Phonology of Spoken Word Poetry

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dc.contributor.advisor Chandlee, Jane Crum, Abigail H. 2018-02-14T16:04:59Z 2018-02-14T16:04:59Z 2018
dc.description.abstract Most linguistic research on intonational phonology and poetry has been focused on traditional poetic intonation (Byers 1980, Barney 1999). This thesis expands this area of study to include the sub-genre of spoken word poetry. Spoken word is a performative oral art form that encourages imaginative use of language and intonation. A trend called "poet voice" has developed out of this genre. There is a relatively small amount of research which is focused on rhetoric in spoken word (Stoudamire). Using the approaches of Byers (1980), and Barney (1999) on predicting how poetry will sound, I describe unique intonational features in one spoken word poem by Harry Baker (2014). I highlight the drawbacks and benefits of the prediction method as it pertains to transcription and pitch. I also offer insight about how the linguistic study of spoken word poetry can develop in the future. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Swarthmore College. Dept. of Linguistics en_US
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dc.title The Intonational Phonology of Spoken Word Poetry en_US
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