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Music and local/regional languages - Joint Symposium of the ICTM National Committees of the Czech Republic

Termin 13. Februar 2020 - 15. Februar 2020
Veranstaltungsart Symposium
Einrichtung Philosophische Fakultät II
Veranstalter Institut für Musik, Medien- und Sprechwissenschaften (IMMS) Abteilung Musikwissenschaft
Veranstaltungsort Studiobühne
Straße Dachritzstr. 6
PLZ/Ort 06108 Halle
Ansprechpartner Prof. Dr. Klaus Näumann
Telefon +49 345-5524561


Music, or the more neutrally expressed sound, on the one hand, and language, on the other hand, exist in a complicated interrelationship. This most clearly manifests itself in singing, however, it is by no means limited to this, in so far as the two phenomena also merge within the discourse on music. And, strictly speaking, language, per se, is actually, already sound (linguistic melody, intonation, etc.). Which, nonetheless, in spite of the so-called "standard languages" of most countries, subdivides into variations, such as regional and local dialects, as well as idiolects and sociolects. They are all an expression and identification marker of specific populations, social classes, or layers of society. The use of such local and regional languages, together with idio- and sociocultural connotations, working equally to include, as well as to exclude, regulates who can understand something, or not; and with that, also, who belongs and who does not. Hence, such languages represent not only a portrayal of the membership of its speakers, rather, they even serve to constitute this.

This manifold phenomenon is the music-specific indicator that stands as the focus of our conference: That songs sung in the respective "standard languages" have always also been sung in local, regional, idio- and sociocultural languages. This is extremely popular and highly prevalent with regard to so-called "folk songs", which, connoting local and regional subject matter and performance practices (particular dances, national costumes, specific instruments and musical idioms), are performed in different dialects. What's more, there is the exchange of linguistic influences, known since the time of antiquity.


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