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Title: Old English Meter and Linguistic Theory
Written By: Geoffrey Russom

Prior to the publication of this volume in 1987, scholars interested in Old
English alliterative meter discovered a number of intriguing restrictions
on verse form, and their discoveries proved useful in the editing of texts
and in research on the early history of the English language. It had proved
impossible up to this point however, to capture these restrictions in a
plausible system of rules. In this book Professor Russom obtained a
coherent and comprehensive rule system using the insights of linguistic
theory. The rules of this system apply not just to stress and syllable
count but to other features of work structure as well. Russom claims, in
particular, that the concept of ‘metrical foot’ appropriate for analysis of
Old English poetry corresponds to the concept of ‘word pattern’ used in
linguistic analysis. In Old English Meter and Linguistic Theory the author
explains these rules carefully, justifies them from a linguistic point of
view and goes on to apply them to a wide variety of problems. The results
should interest not only those who deal with Old English texts, but also
metrists and linguistics generally.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Ling & Literature
Subject Language(s): English, Old
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 052113109X
ISBN-13: 9780521131094
Prices: U.K. £ 14.99
U.S. $ 26.99