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Old English Meter and Linguistic Theory

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  • Date Published: September 1987
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print April 1998
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521331685

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  • Prior to the publication of this volume in 1987, scholars interested in Old English alliterative meter discovered a number of intriguing restrictions on verse form, and their discoveries proved useful in the editing of texts and in research on the early history of the English language. It had proved impossible up to this point however, to capture these restrictions in a plausible system of rules. In this book Professor Russom obtained a coherent and comprehensive rule system using the insights of linguistic theory. The rules of this system apply not just to stress and syllable count but to other features of word structure as well. Russom claims, in particular, that the concept of 'metrical foot' appropriate for analysis of Old English poetry corresponds to the concept of 'word pattern' used in linguistic analysis. In Old English Meter and Linguistic Theory the author explains these rules carefully, justifies then from a linguistic point of view and goes on to apply them to a wide variety of problems. The results should interest not only those who deal with Old English texts, but also metrists and linguistics generally.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1987
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521331685
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 218 x 147 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.428kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print April 1998
  • Table of Contents

    1. The foot
    2. The verse
    3. Light feet and extrametrical words
    4. Interpretation of ambiguous linguistic material
    5. Relative frequency and metrical complexity
    6. Hypermetrical verses
    7. Alliteration
    8. Metrical subordination within the foot
    9. Words of classes B and C
    10. Rules and exceptions
    11. Overview
    Appendix: rule summary
    Works cited
    Beowulf verses of special interest

  • Author

    Geoffrey Russom

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