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Book: Systemic Phonology

Chapter: Chapter 8: A comparative analysis of the rap and the sung voice: Perspectives from systemic phonology, social semiotics and music studies

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.24970


This chapter presents a comparative, semiotic analysis of two distinct vocal performances: rapping and singing. While scholars have investigated the differences between speech and singing in a performance context (e.g. Titze, 1995; Callaghan and McDonald, 2007), no research to date has compared the rap voice with the sung voice.

Chapter Contributors

  • David Caldwell ( - dcaldwell) 'English Language and Literature, National Institution of Education, Singapore'