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Title: A comparative study between Scottish and Japanese lullabies
Author: Uno, Yusuke
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2003
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As a part of children's folklore, the lullaby is something which a child comes across during the very early period of its life. The lullabies themselves seem to be strongly influenced by their context, such as the singer's feelings, their view of children, their nursing style and tools for nursing, the social situation of the family, and other such issues. My discussion in this thesis is divided into four parts. In Part I, I will review previous studies on concept of the lullaby in order to establish a proper concept and methodology for the present study. In Part II, I will analyse Scots, Gaelic, and Japanese lullaby texts from the point of view of linguistics, musicology, and literature in that order, and then, compare them with each other. In Part III, the context of Scottish and Japanese lullabies will be discussed. I have divided them into their cosmological, social, and historical backgrounds and presented a case study with regard to the attempts for the preservation of traditional lullabies both in Scotland and Japan. Here, in contrast to the textural and textual analysis, I will deal with both Scots and Gaelic lullabies together as "Scottish". In Part IV, I will conclude my discussion of the present study. It is not my purpose to emphasize either the similarities or the differences between the lullabies of the two countries, or between lullabies of the West and the East. I have no intention to discover any trails of cultural distribution between them either. What I want to find is how the singing of lullabies has been connected with the everyday life of local people, and what function it has or had within their lives, both in Scotland and Japan. Furthermore, through these investigations, I wish to focus on what benefits children have had from such folklore traditions, and propose what is really necessary for children at the present time.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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