Formal interactions in poetic meter

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I show how the theory of Fabb & Halle (2008) accounts for Icelandic dróttkvætt. This theoretical framework enables us to show that distinct forms-such as rhyme and alliteration - within a meter can either co-occur without being inter-related, or that one form can be dependent on another. In dróttkvætt, stress-placement is dependent on the grid, while alliteration and rhyme are both components of the meter which are independent of the grid. I also look at Vietnamese verse and show that here too there are issues of complexity of interaction of rules.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVersatility in Versification: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Metrics
EditorsTonya Kim Dewey, Frog
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPeter Lang AG
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781433105784
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameBerkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics
PublisherPeter Lang
  • The Branches of Poetry

    Nigel Fabb (Keynote/plenary speaker)

    Jun 2008

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

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