8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Jeju Island, Korea
October 4-8, 2004

An Acoustic-Analytic Role For the Deviation between the Scansion and Reading of Poems

Key-Seop Kim, Un Lim, Dong-Il Shin

Korean National University of Education, Korea

This research aimed 1) to suggest how to make scansions of lines in fixed meter based on prosodic and metrical ground, 2) to classify the problematic feet of cadence very similar to foot types in casual speech, and 3) to clarify the relation of scansion to acoustic analysis. Lastly, it tried to establish the necessity and clarify what benefits of acoustic analysis will provide for readers of poems about problematic scansions. For the study, seemingly problemtic lines were sporadically chosen from 12 poets. And data of readings by poets themselves in the tape titled THE POET SPEAKS were acoustically analyzed. All superficially unmetrical mismatches by lines of cadence between the results of scansions and acoustic scalar values were disclosed and discussed. Among acoustic scalar values of stress intensity, foot duration, and pitch height, the first proved to be the best guide and play a greater role in scansion and reading of problematic lines in fixed meter.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kim, Key-Seop / Lim, Un / Shin, Dong-Il (2004): "An acoustic-analytic role for the deviation between the scansion and reading of poems", In INTERSPEECH-2004, 3037-3040.