Syntagmatic

-Of, or relating to the relationship between units in a construction or sequence.

-A ‘storyboard’ that unfolds in space and time.

Syntagmatic structure (structure of syntax) is “the mode of time-awareness which listeners are placed” such as ‘narrative’, ‘epic’, or ‘lyrical’. A Syntagma is one syntactic or syntagmatic element. Narrative structures feature a realistic temporal flow guided by tension and relaxation, privilege difference, and “as diegesis,  songs speak to or address us by organizing a particular stretch of time into a conscious experience, and an experience of consciousness”  (Cubitt 1984, p.216). Epic structures tend to the opposite, privileging repetition, creating a mythic state of recurrence, and “emptying out” the subject (ibid, p.216-17). Lyrical structures lie in between and feature symmetrical open/closed andbinary forms. (Middleton 1990, p.251 and 217)

edited 4 October, 2015 by Admin

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