Methods of analysis for tonal text-setting. The case study of Fe'Fe' Bamileke

Teresa Proto


´╗┐This paper focuses on the interaction of speech tones and musical pitches in Fe'Fe' Bamileke, a Grassfields Bantu language of Cameroon. Like earlier studies of tonal text-setting, it aims to test the hypothesis that, in song, the melodic contour of tunes matches the tonal contour of the lyrics. The study is based on four songs and was carried out with the help of a native speaker who provided the songs and accurate feedback on the musical settings. His acceptability judgments of musical settings in song #4 were integrated into the study to complement the evidence from song data. Most of the paper is a detailed discussion of the findings, and the methodology employed for measuring the degree of correspondence between speech and song. Some issues with a bearing on the interpretation of the data are addressed, and alternative analyses are proposed. It is argued that all of the suggested analyses have drawbacks and, as revealed through a comparison of the different sets of results, need to be supplemented with qualitative approaches that evaluate the interaction between the phonological and musical systems involved.


DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2016-35

Cite as

Proto, T. (2016) Methods of analysis for tonal text-setting. The case study of Fe'Fe' Bamileke. Proc. Tonal Aspects of Languages 2016, 162-166.

Bibtex
@inproceedings{Proto2016,
author={Teresa Proto},
title={Methods of analysis for tonal text-setting. The case study of Fe'Fe' Bamileke},
year=2016,
booktitle={Tonal Aspects of Languages 2016},
doi={10.21437/TAL.2016-35},
url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/TAL.2016-35},
pages={162--166}
}