Playing by Ear and the Tip of the Tongue
Precategorial information in poetry
Reuven Tsur † | Tel Aviv University
In our everyday life we are flooded by a pandemonium of information which consciousness organizes into more easily manageable phonetic and semantic categories. In poetry reading, however, the total effect of a poem is not only obtained by some of these categories but also by precategorial information, for which there is a growing body of empirical evidence of its psychological reality. In the Tip of the Tongue phenomenon, a great amount of diffuse precategorial information is present but fails to “grow together” into a compact word, generating a feeling of some dense, undifferentiated mass. Poetic language typically exploits such precategorial information for its effects. By way of theoretical considerations and close readings, this book explores the semantic and phonetic strategies by which a text may increase or decrease the impact of such information. It investigates the conditions that boost or inhibit overtone fusion in rhyme and alliteration. By seeking empirical evidence for the claims he makes in different fields such as music, art, literature, linguistics, experiments in the speech laboratory, the author provides ample and sound examples (ambiguity intended) in an almost conversational tone, which makes us really anticipate reading each new chapter.
[Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 14] 2012. xi, 310 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Preface | pp. xi–xii
Chapter 1. Introduction | pp. 1–18
Chapter 2. The poetic mode of speech perception revisited: What our ear tells our mind | pp. 19–36
Chapter 3. The tot phenomenon: A psycholinguistic model of poetry | pp. 37–50
Chapter 4. “Oceanic” dedifferentiation and poetic metaphor | pp. 51–64
Chapter 5. Deixis and abstractions: Adventures in space and time | pp. 65–94
Chapter 6. Three case studies – Keats, Spenser, Baudelaire | pp. 95–116
Chapter 7. Linguistic devices and ecstatic poetry: “The Windhover” – tongue-twisters and cognitive processes | pp. 117–130
Chapter 8. Defamiliarization revisited | pp. 131–138
Chapter 9. Aesthetic qualities as structural resemblance: Divergence and perceptual forces in poetry | pp. 139–158
Chapter 10. Metaphor and figure–ground relationship: Comparisons from poetry, music, and the visual arts | pp. 159–192
Chapter 11. Size–sound symbolism revisited | pp. 193–222
Chapter 12. Issues in literary synaesthesia: A brief glance | pp. 223–240
Chapter 13. The place of nonconceptual information in university education | pp. 241–258
Chapter 14. Points and counterpoints | pp. 259–292
References | pp. 293–300
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Chapter 2. The poetic mode of speech perception revisited
Chapter 7. Linguistic devices and ecstatic poetry
Chapter 9. Aesthetic qualities as structural resemblance
Chapter 10. Metaphor and figure–ground relationship
Chapter 11. Size–sound symbolism revisited
Chapter 14. Points and counterpoints
Subjects & Metadata
Literature & Literary Studies
BIC Subject: DC – Poetry
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number: 2012026171 | Marc record