On the Problem of Asemantic Texts of Svan Songs

  • Nana Mzhavanadze Ilia State University
  • Madona Chamgeliani Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
Keywords: Ritual, Song, Svan, Text, Vocables


In this paper we illustrate the nature and significance of asemantic texts (vocables) within Svan songs. An interdisciplinary approach helped us interpret asemantic texts of so-called “wordless” songs and observe consistent verbal-musical formulae within a genre.

Our study of the verbal texture of the Svan singing repertoire has revealed different distinct types and varieties of vocables. We identify both dialectic and interdialectic groups of vocables and outline the correlations between ethnological context and vocable groups. We further identify the peculiarities of some vocabelic groups and describe the rules, regulations and systems which govern their use in Svan songs.

Author Biographies

Nana Mzhavanadze, Ilia State University
PhD Student
Madona Chamgeliani, Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
MA Student
How to Cite
Mzhavanadze, N., & Chamgeliani, M. (2018). On the Problem of Asemantic Texts of Svan Songs. KADMOS, (8), 7-109. Retrieved from https://kadmos.iliauni.edu.ge/index.php/kadmos/article/view/247