Using songs and rhythmical poetry to improve prosody

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Using songs and rhythmical poetry to improve prosody

Post by brucerichman » Thu Dec 07, 2006 3:10 pm

I'm almost finished writing a textbook book called Songs for Speaking in which I use song lyrics from American folk songs and show tunes and also use rhythmical poetry to help students learn, analyze, and memorize English rhythm, stress, and intonation patterns. Songs and poetry are so easy to memorize that it makes memorizing the prosodic patterns of English relatively easy. Once students memorize these patterns it's easy to help them extend their use to conversational speech.
I'm going to post several chapters of the book on the Music and Language Studies website in a few days.
I'm really interested in people's comments and feedback. You can reach me at [email protected]
Thank you, Bruce Richman

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