Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Theo van Leeuwen
    Pages 1-11
  3. Theo van Leeuwen
    Pages 12-34
  4. Theo van Leeuwen
    Pages 35-65
  5. Theo van Leeuwen
    Pages 66-91
  6. Theo van Leeuwen
    Pages 92-124
  7. Theo van Leeuwen
    Pages 125-155
  8. Theo van Leeuwen
    Pages 156-188
  9. Theo van Leeuwen
    Pages 189-197
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 198-231

About this book


This book explores what speech, music and other sounds have in common. It gives a detailed description of the way perspective, rhythm, textual quality and other aspects of sound are used to communicate emotion and meaning. It draws on a wealth of examples from radio (disk jockey and newsreading speech, radio plays, advertising jingles, news signature tunes), film soundtracks (The Piano, The X-files, Disney animation films), music ranging from medieval plain chant to drum 'n' bass and everyday soundscapes.


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About the authors

THEO VAN LEEUWEN is a filmmaker, jazz musician and semiotician. He is Chair in Language and Communication at Cardiff University. Previously, he worked at the London School of Printing and at Macquarie University, Australia. He is the co-author, with G. Kress, of Reading Images.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Speech, Music, Sound
  • Authors Theo Van Leeuwen
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-64288-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-64289-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-27700-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 240
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Music
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