To make the experience of South Slavic epic more realistic, I offer the following brief pronunciation key, intended for the nonspecialist. The reader may use it to approximate the sound of singers’ and characters’ names, for example, or of various words and phrases in the original language. Of course, the best source for the sounds of the performance itself is the audio file.
Consonants pronounced approximately like their English counterparts:
Consonants without direct English counterparts:
Vowels can be temporally long or short; vowel sound does not vary with duration. For present purposes, I omit all tonal and accentual qualities because tone and accent are well beyond the scope of analysis in this volume.
- Pronunciation Key
- Portrait of the Singer
- Synopsis of the Story
- Performance by Halil Bajgorić
- Performance-based Commentary
- Nikola Vujnović’s Resinging
- Apparatus Fabulosus
- The Role of Music
- Performatives and Poetics
- Text Translation (pdf, 216 KB)
- Play Audio (mp3, 70.4MB)