Sunday 26 July 2015

The parody of word-pairs: The REDUPLICATIONS, A Singable LESSON

POST #82
ORIGINAL SONG: "The Elements", Tom Lehrer, 1959.
ORIGINAL POEM/Lyrics: Giorgio Coniglio, July 2015.
WORDPLAY LINK: The poetic lines, unadorned by ukulele chords can be seen at "Edifying Nonsense" here (wordplay post #26)
KEYWORDS: language, goldenoldy.

This collection has been modified somewhat since its original posting on the site 
This posting of The Lesson, and subsequent posting of a Lexicon will contain a total of over 200 examples of reduplication.

A mini-lesson found on the Internet

... in a fallout shelter?


(to the tune of "The Elements" -Tom Lehrer)

1) Introduction
I’m so enthralled with lyrics – their inherent musicality
I love the words I’ve heard, for both their quantity and quality.
And so I’ll share with you this recent lexic revela-ation –
My favorite word-device goes by the name ‘reduplica-ation’.

The remainder of the poetic lyrics can be seen at "Giorgio's Weekly Wordplay" here. The song-lyrics shown below on slides including ukulele chords differ only slightly from the poem.

8) Conclusion
The lesson's sung, my cha-cha's done, we’ve reached our termina-ation
(Boo-hoo!) True blue, and through and through we’ve viewed reduplica-ation
But while we bid our fond ta-tas, I leave this final message – “HI!”
These phrases love to start with “H”, and their initial vowel – “I”.

Ta-Dah !!!

* German= "off-sound", word coined in the 16th century to indicate a systematic change in the vowel of a word-root to convey a difference in meaning; rhymes with shout
* Hawaiian for quickly or  bus !!

9) Add-On: A Lexicon of Reduplicates



Alliterative Binomials, part #1
Alliterative Binomials, part #2
Reduplications - Lesson (see below)
Reduplications - Lexicon A to K
Reduplications - Lexicon M to Z
Rhyming Binomials, A to M
Rhyming Binomials, M to Z
Legal Doublets

(Click on any chord-chart slide to move to 'song-presentation mode'; then navigate through thumbnails at bottom of page.)

Try using the helpful search function at the top of the page ("Lehrer" will get you there) to review the 4 previous submissions of this type.

You can play/sing Tom Lehrer's original patter-song, "The Elements", by checking out Corktunes, the songbook of the Corktown Ukulele Jam here. The chord-charts have the alternate-line superscript format that many ukesters find preferable.

Lehrer had adapted the melody from "The Major General's Song" from Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance". There are 3 different melodies/chord-sequences used in alteration through the G/S song, and in Lehrer's derived take-off. 

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