Ars Metrica

The metrics of folk song:

a comparative study of text-setting in Spanish and English

Ab­stract: This art­icle re-ex­am­ines the ty­po­lo­gic­al dis­tinc­tion between stress-timed and syl­lable-timed lan­guages from an in­ter­dis­cip­lin­ary per­spect­ive. A the­or­et­ic­al and em­pir­ic­al ana­lys­is is de­veloped to de­term­ine wheth­er the study of the set­ting in­to mu­sic of spe­cif­ic lan­guages – in this case, Span­ish and Eng­lish – can shed light on the ex­am­in­a­tion of the speech and verse pros­ody of those lan­guages. The vary­ing rules of text-set­ting for Span­ish and Eng­lish are seen to re­flect the pros­od­ic char­ac­ter­ist­ics of the cor­res­pond­ing lan­guages. Read more