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Tone-Melody Relationship in Cantonese

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Title:Tone-Melody Relationship in Cantonese
Authors:Lau, Elaine
Date Issued:01 Apr 2010
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Linguistics
Citation:Lau, Elaine. 2010. Tone-Melody Relationship in Cantonese. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics 41(3).
Series:University of Hawai‘I at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics
Abstract:Cantonese lyrics are found to adhere to the pitch contours and relative pitch heights of the tones, in or-der to preserve in the lyrics the tonal values of the words. A series of meta-analyses over a selection of Cantonese children’s songs was performed; it investigated (i) the distribution of lexical tones in correlation with musical melody; (ii) the relationship between tonal pitch and melody; and (iii) how contour tones are dealt with in mapping lyrics with music. This study showed that the writing of lyrics in tonal languages is not as free as in non-tonal languages, and takes into account the lexical tones, in order to preserve the tonal distinctions between words.
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