Emotional effects of poetic phonology, word positioning and dominant stress peaks in poetry reading
This study tested the hypothesis that features of linguistically non-mandatory phonological recurrence (rhyme, alliteration, assonance, and consonance), parameters of word positioning (position within a line and line position) and dominant stress peaks are related to readers’ identification of distinctively joyful and sad words in poetry. To this end, forty-eight participants read eight German poems, completed an underlining task, and filled out a brief questionnaire. Results show that these target features are clearly of importance for readers’ perception of pronounced levels of joy and sadness. Words featuring alliteration, assonance or consonance were significantly more often underlined as distinctively joyful than were words that lack these features. Our study shows also that words that feature a dominant stress peak and are placed in more advanced positions within the poems were more likely to be identified as emotional (distinctively joyful and sad) when compared to words in earlier and unstressed positions.
Keywords: poetry, joy, sadness, dominant stress peaks, underlining task, poetic phonology, word position
- Material and methods
- Selected stimuli
- Questionnaire and underlining task
- Text analyses
- Statistical analyses
- Discussion and outlook
Published online: 30 March 2017
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