Language and literary structure

the linguistic analysis of form in verse and narrative

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Abstract

How does a literary text get to have literary form, and what is the relation between literary form and linguistic form? This theoretical study of linguistic structure in literature focuses on verse and narrative from a linguistic perspective. Nigel Fabb provides a simple and realistic linguistic explanation of poetic form in English from 1500–1900, drawing on the English and American verse and oral narrative tradition, as well as contemporary criticism. In recent years literary theory has paid relatively little attention to form; this book argues that form is interesting. Fabb offers a new linguistic approach to how metre and rhythm work in poetry, based on pragmatic theory and provides a pragmatic explanation of formal ambiguity and indeterminacy and their aesthetic effects. He also uses linguistics to examine the experience of poetry. Language and Literary Structure will be welcomed by students and researchers in linguistics, literary theory and stylistics.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUK
Number of pages230
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2002

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Language Structure
Verse
Linguistic Analysis
Literary Structure
Poetry
Literary Forms
Literary Theory
Literary Text
Criticism
Rhythm
Aesthetics
Oral Narrative
Poetic Form
Indeterminacy
Linguistic Form

Keywords

  • literary form
  • generated metrical form
  • communicated form
  • the communication of metre
  • lines
  • line-groups in metrical verse and in narrative
  • complexity

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