The main objective of this paper is to discover some of the general but precise principles which determine the setting of words to music. This aspect of the language-music interface has come to be known as " tunetext association" in current linguistic parlance. I have chosen to investigate "psalmody," namely the chanting of psalm verses to fixed melodic formulas in Gregorian plainsong, as a particularly illuminating musical idiom.


Feld (1974),
Nattiez (1975),
Turnstall (1979)
Powers (1980),
Lindblom and Sundberg (1970),
Sundberg and Lindblom (1976),
Lerdahl and Jackendoff (1977)
Jackendoff and Lerdahl (1980, in press)
Harrán (1973a,b)
Quadflieg (1903),
Schunemann (1908-1909)
Ferretti (1934).
Apel (1958)
Wagner (1895-1921).
Allen (1973)
Pulgram (1975),
Ferretti (1934)
Väänä- nen (1963).
Väänänen (1963, p. 31)
Göller 1972, pp. 265- 271).
Goldsmith (1976, p. 27)
Liber Usualis, p. xxxvii).
Ferretti (1934),
(Liberman, 1975)
(Dell, 1975)
(Hinton, 1977)


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