Rhythm in Korean verse, sico

Jeon, Hae-Sung orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-7536-5571 (2015) Rhythm in Korean verse, sico. In: Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 10-14 August 2015, Glasgow.

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Although rhythm in language and speech is elusive, the prosodic pattern in verse and the way language is aligned to music can reveal cross-linguistic differences in rhythm. This paper presents an analysis of the temporal patterning in the Korean verse sico /sitɕo/ and its sung performance. The conclusion is that the sico rhythm does not exclusively suggest that Korean is syllable-based as claimed in psycholinguistic literature. Although the syllable can be a useful unit for segmenting speech, the primary building block for temporal organisation of sico is the word-sized prosodic unit resembling the Accentual Phrase.

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