Verse constituency and the locality of alliteration

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Abstract

This paper formulates a generalisation about a difference between alliteration and rhyme in verse: alliteration is subject to a locality constraint which does not hold for rhyme. Alliteration holds only within a verse constituent or between adjacent verse constituents. To demonstrate this, I describe the major verse traditions which involve systematic alliteration. This discussion is placed in the context of a more general account of a distinction between inherent form (exemplified by linguistic form, and possibly some kinds of metrical form) and communicated form (a self-description licensed by evidence provided by the text). Though it is subject to a locality constraint (reminiscent in some ways of a linguistic constraint), alliteration is nevertheless an instance of communicated form.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-245
Number of pages23
JournalLingua
Volume108
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1999

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  • alliteration
  • form
  • meter

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Fabb, Nigel. / Verse constituency and the locality of alliteration. In: Lingua. 1999 ; Vol. 108, No. 4. pp. 223-245.
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Verse constituency and the locality of alliteration. / Fabb, Nigel.

In: Lingua, Vol. 108, No. 4, 07.1999, p. 223-245.

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