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PITCH CONTOUR OF JAPANESE TRADITIONAL VERSE

Yamamoto_Shiho_Thesis-2004.pdf

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Title

PITCH CONTOUR OF JAPANESE TRADITIONAL VERSE

Subject

Haiku, Japanese
Haiku--theses and dissertations

Description

ABSTRACT
In this thesis I conduct experiments to investigate how pitch pattern is realized in Japanese Traditional Verses. My observation consists of four parts: (i) investigation of
lexical pitch and accentual combinations of Contemporary haiku in prose and in verse (ii)
investigation of lexical pitch and accentual combinations of Basho’s traditional haiku (iii) observation of Nonsense
haiku and (iv) pitch range measurements of Contemporary haiku in prose and in verse. As a result, the following characteristics are found: Japanese speakers (i) tend to recite Contemporary haiku that include familiar lexemes with expected pitch patterns, compared with Basho’s Traditional haiku that include more lexemes unfamiliar to the subjects (ii) have two major pitch template choices, which I term “Plateau” and “Default”, when reciting Nonsense verses, and the occurrences of these pitch patterns are supported by Japanese phonological notions such as default-accent
, downsteps or declining, and (iii) tend to read haiku
in verse with a wider pitch range than that in prose. This thesis shows that a generalization of poetic recitation
performance among human languages is as valuable as a study of poetic forms from texts. The findings from the observations suggest that diversity among speakers’
recitations of Japanese verses is also phonologically explainable, and explainable, and sheds light on the
studies of prosody and metrical theory in general linguistics.

Creator

Yamamoto, Shiho

Publisher

University of Montana

Date

2011

Rights

All rights reserved.

Format

application/odf

Language

eng

Type

dissertation