Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

New from Cambridge University Press!


Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

Book Information


Title: Alliteration in the Poetic Edda
Written By: Tadao Shimomiya
Series Title: Studies in Historical Linguistics - Volume 8

This book presents a detailed analysis of the alliteration of the whole of the
Poetic Edda (or Elder Edda) of the Codex Regius, using the Germanic
alliterative framework established by Andreas Heusler. The considerable
regularity of the alliterative scheme is demonstrated, with only a handful of
the corpus of approximately 7,300 long-lines falling outside of the rules
identified, and therefore the appropriacy of Heusler's system for
understanding the structure of the Poetic Edda is confirmed.

The needs of the student of Old Icelandic poetic style have been foremost in
mind in the presentation of this book. It includes an overview of sources not
readily available to scholars as well as those not available in English.
Copious examples are presented in Old Icelandic with English translation and
supported by a select glossary of key Old Icelandic words into English. A
Japanese language précis contains a select list of 100 alliterations that
appear in the Poetic Edda.


Alliteration - Prose Edda - Younger Edda - Snorri Sturlusson - Old Icelandic -
Germanic linguistics - Germanic philology - Alliterative prose - Icelandic

Tadao Shimomiya studied Germanic and comparative linguistics in Tokyo,
Bonn and Salamanca. Professor of German and Germanic linguistics at
Gakushuin University, Tokyo, from 1975 to 2005, he has been Professor
Emeritus since 2005 and gained his LittD in 2010. He has published books
and papers on Germanic, Romance and Indo-European linguistics, and the
Georgian and Basque languages.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
Review: Read the review
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Ling & Literature
Comparative Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
Norse, Old
Language Family(ies): Germanic
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034301510
Pages: 197
Prices: U.K. £ 32.00
Europe EURO 35.50
U.S. $ 55.95