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The Metre of Beowulf : A Constraint-Based Approach - Michael Getty

The Metre of Beowulf

A Constraint-Based Approach

Hardcover Published: 24th October 2002
ISBN: 9783110171051
Number Of Pages: 378
For Ages: 22+ years old

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This book presents a novel treatment of the metre of Beowulf, an Old English epic poem of uncertain date and origin which is nonetheless considered one of the gems of Germanic Alliterative Verse. Building on recent advances in generative linguistics, the analysis presented in this book offers compelling explanations for a wide range of metrical phenomena that have been observed but only poorly understood for over a century.

"As an overarching approach to the meter of Beowulf, this book is intriguing, interesting, and thougth-provoking."B. R. Hutcheson in: Journal of English and Germanic Philology 10/2004

Preliminariesp. 1
Phonological and metrical structuresp. 6
An outline of my accountp. 6
Optimality Theoryp. 15
Optimality-Theoretic constraints and poetic metrep. 20
Sieversian approaches to Old English alliterative metrep. 23
Sievers (1893)p. 23
Kuhn (1933)p. 33
Bliss (1958)p. 37
The Word-Foot Theory of Russom (1987)p. 48
The case for finite verb stressp. 52
Rieger, Wackernagel, and Kuhnp. 53
Deriving the prosodic status of finite verbs from metrical placementp. 61
Alliterating verbsp. 61
Other positionsp. 62
Materials and methodsp. 69
The quantitative databasep. 69
Critical editionsp. 74
The stress phonology of Old English
Introductionp. 79
Previous approachesp. 83
Was Old English word stress morphologically or phonologically conditioned?p. 84
Was Old English phonology quantity-sensitive?p. 93
What is the nature and relevance of evidence from Old English alliterative metre?p. 97
A new model of word-level stress in Old Englishp. 99
The constraintsp. 99
ParseSyll and phonological structurep. 100
ParseSeg and FExMetp. 103
Strength and alignmentp. 104
Correspondence constraintsp. 107
Weight-Stress mappingp. 109
Eurhythmy constraintsp. 110
Stress in Finnishp. 111
Old Englishp. 116
Preliminariesp. 116
Phonological and metrical evidence: Constraint re-ranking in pre-Old Englishp. 117
Output selection for Old English stressp. 122
Phrasal-level stress in Old Englishp. 129
Grammatical wordsp. 129
Relative prominence within sentencesp. 132
Higher-order phonological categoriesp. 136
Phonological phrasesp. 136
[Phi]Phrases in Beowulfp. 139
[Phi]Phrases and relative prominencep. 143
Intonational phrasing in Beowulfp. 152
Summary and departurep. 156
Metrical structure at the foot level
Introductionp. 161
An overview of Chapter 3p. 162
Characterizing the constraint systemp. 162
The distinctiveness of poetic constraint systemsp. 162
The distinctiveness of Old English alliterative metrep. 171
The nature of rhythm in the metre of Beowulfp. 172
Rendering Sievers' typesp. 173
Arguments for the proposed metrical associationsp. 180
The size of a metrical position and restrictions on linguistic-metrical associationsp. 180
Uniformly left-strong feetp. 191
Restrictions on prosodically weak syllablesp. 195
The treatment of compounds and affixesp. 197
Summaryp. 202
Metrical structure at the foot level: Part II
Introductionp. 209
Constraint groups and conventionsp. 209
The Beowulf corpus vs. a sample of Old English prosep. 211
Further foot-level metrical constraintsp. 215
Phonological constraintsp. 215
Matching constraintsp. 217
Constraints on Branching and Balancep. 223
BalanceMin(ft) and Kaluza's Lawp. 231
Constraints on Alignmentp. 237
Meta-constraintsp. 241
Implementations of Boundaryp. 243
Implementations of Fitp. 251
Conclusionp. 252
Metrical structure at the level of the half-line and long-line
Introductionp. 257
Alliterationp. 260
Representing alliteration in the constraint systemp. 260
The distribution of alliterationp. 267
Frequencies of metrical patterns: binary-branching half-linesp. 272
Introductionp. 272
Metrical ambiguityp. 278
Ambiguity within half-linesp. 278
Ambiguity between joined half-linesp. 280
Preferences among binary-branching half-linesp. 290
Frequencies of metrical patterns: ternary-branching half-linesp. 294
Balance effectsp. 296
Metrical ambiguityp. 297
Conclusionp. 301
Introductionp. 305
Summary of Chapters 1 through 5p. 305
The realization of verb-second syntaxp. 314
V2 syntax in Old English prosep. 316
V2 syntax in Beowulfp. 318
Stochastic Optimality Theoryp. 325
Notesp. 331
Referencesp. 347
Index of subjectsp. 359
Index of authorsp. 365
Index of verses discussedp. 367
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ISBN: 9783110171051
ISBN-10: 3110171058
Series: Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL]
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 378
Published: 24th October 2002
Publisher: De Gruyter
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 15.9  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.67