Metrical rules and the notion of ‘maximum’: a reply to Derek Attridge

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Abstract

Attridge (2003) is in effect an argument against generative metrics, focusing on the notion of ‘stress maximum’. He argues that ‘stress maximum’ is inadequate on its own terms, which I will show is incorrect when we use a fuller definition (based on the original definition from Halle and Keyser, 1966). His solution is to present metre as control directly over the phonetics of the text, but I will show that metre controls metrical elements (maxima) rather than phonetic elements (stressed syllables).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-80
Number of pages8
JournalLanguage and Literature
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2003

Keywords

  • generative metrics
  • stress maximum
  • phonetics
  • syllables

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