Meaning in Sounds and Words

  • Alison Stone


Meaning in Sounds and Words looks at the role of lyrics in popular music. The chapter argues that the content of song words is heavily constrained by the words’ musical qualities and by the meanings conveyed by the words as sounds, including ias they connect with the sounds and meanings of the instrumental layers. The chapter also shows that popular musicians treat the content of words either as unimportant or as important just in articulating the meanings already expressed by the music, including the words as sounds. Thus, explicit verbal meaning is treated as secondary to implicit semiotic meaning. Songs by Lily Allen and Pulp are among the examples discussed.


Popular Music Stressed Syllable Lyrical Content Popular Song Everyday Speech 
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  • Alison Stone
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  1. 1.Lancaster UniversityLancasterUK

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