lunes, 5 de noviembre de 2012


Pitch, loudness, and tempo combine to make up a language's expression of rhythm. Languages vary greatly in the way in which they make rhythmical contrasts. English uses stressed syllables produced at roughly regular intervals of time (in fluent speech) and separated by unstressed syllables-- a stress-timed rhythm which we can tap out in a 'tum-te-tum' way, as in a traditional line of poetry: The curfew tolls the knell of parting day.

In French, the syllables are produced in a steady flow, resulting in a 'machine-gun' effect--a syllable-timed rhythm which is more like a 'rat-a-tat-a-tat. 

'In Latin, it was the length of a syllable (whether long or short) which provided the basis of rhythm.

In many oriental languages, it is pitch height (high vs. low)."

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