khashan Posted May 7, 2009 Share Posted May 7, 2009 The determination of meter and rhythm in many languages depends on the patterns of succession and alternation of two types of units. These units in English are the syllables. English being a stress timed language has stressed and unstressed syllables as its two basic units. The representation of these two syllable types has many forms, some of them are ( unstressed – stressed in order ) : ˘ / u s x / da DUM These symbols are often referred to as graphic symbols. I thought of adding one more couple of symbols: 1 for unstressed, 2 for stressed One might comment: so what! This is just another pair of graphic symbols. This is true. But it is the only pair that can be described as being graphical as well as graphic. What is the difference and how? Graphic representation refers to visual marks that denote each type. Graphical representation while having the same above definition, it can be represented on a graph whether linear ,web graph or otherwise. The following link shows two shapes of scansion graphical representation which transforms the audio rhythm into visual rhythm. Dactyl = DUM da da/ DUM da da/ DUM da da/ DUM da da/ DUM da da/ DUM da da Anapest = da da DUM/ da da DUM/ da da DUM/ da da DUM/ da da DUM/ da da DUM Replace DUM by 2, da by 1 Dactyl = 2 1 1 / 2 1 1/ 2 1 1 / 2 1 1/ 2 1 1 / 2 1 1 Anapest = 1 1 2 / 1 1 2 /1 1 2 / 1 1 2 /1 1 2 / 1 1 2 http://alarood.googlepages.com/anapest-dactyl.GIF It has three shapes: 1- the upper is a snow crystal. 2- the middle is a linear representation of a hexameter dactylic and anapest, depending on left and right directions. 3- The lower is a web representation of a hexameter dactylic and anapest, depending on clockwise and counterclockwise directions. As far as the general view is concerned, there is analogy between the snow flake and the visual graphical web representation of rhythm. Does that have any implication? Yes, it does. It shows the relation between two apparently various aspects linking a human and natural phenomena. Does this method have any historical background? Does it have further implications and applications? It has both. As you see, this is a new feild which may appeal to some and may be disliked by others. it starts with and from prosody and extends to various artistic, cultural, inter-cultural and various other fields. Thus it widens the scope of prosody to new horizons beyond its traditional direct meter and poetry aspects. Before elaborating on that, I request your evaluation. Is it interesting? If you find it so, I will add further stuff on the subject. If you think it is useless, please pardon me and forget it. I wait for your evaluation and advice. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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