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Title: Frontiers in Comparative Prosody
Subtitle: In memoriam: Mikhail Gasparov
Edited By: Mihhail Lotman
Maria-Kristiina Lotman
Series Title: Linguistic Insights - Volume 113

This volume incorporates some of the most important trends in
linguistically-oriented theory of verse. It includes papers from renowned
scholars, such as Paul Kiparsky, Reuven Tsur, Gregory Nagy, Seiichi Suzuki,
David Chisholm, Geoffrey Russom, Marina Tarlinskaja, and others. Different
aspects of comparative prosody are treated, drawing from contemporary
approaches such as cognitive metrics, generative modelling, experimental
phonetics, etc. Special emphasis is placed on the linguistic typology of
verse forms as well as on their origin and historical evolution. The
analysis encompasses different languages and poetical traditions, such as
Greek, Latin, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Irish, Old
Norse, Lithuanian, Serbian, English, German, Swedish, Russian, Estonian,
Finnish, Nenets. The main focus is on the linguistic structures of verse in
different cultures, their transformations and interrelationship. The volume
aims to instigate and promote a fruitful dialogue between different schools
in the study of versification.

Contents: Maria-Kristiina Lotman/Mihhail Lotman: Preface - Mihhail Lotman:
Introduction: Linguistics and Poetics Revisited - Reuven Tsur: Metricalness
and Rhythmicalness. What Our Ear Tells Our Mind - Ilse Lehiste:
Relationship between the Prosody and the Metrical Structure of Poetry in
Different Languages - Marina Krasnoperova/Evgeniy Kazartsev: Reconstructive
Simulation of Versification in the Comparative Studies of Texts in
Different Languages (Theoretical Aspects and Practice of Application) -
Marina Tarlinskaja: Shakespeare Among Others in Sir Thomas More: Verse Form
and Attribution - Ashwini Deo/Paul Kiparsky: Poetries in Contact: Arabic,
Persian, and Urdu - Yasuko Suzuki: Metrical Structure as a Reflection of
Linguistic Structure: A Comparative Study of Germanic Alliterative Poetry
and Japanese Tanka - Artem Kozmin: Syllabic Verse and Vowel Length in
Polynesian Languages: Tongan, Tuvaluan, Hawaiian, Mangarevan, Marquesan and
Rapanui - Mari Sarv: Language or Culture: Possible Foreign Influences on
the Estonian Regilaul Metrics - Triinu Ojamaa: Searching for Structural
Boundaries in Forest Nenets Songs: A Cross-cultural Case Study - Gregory
Nagy: Reading the Homeric Hexameter Aloud While Following the Accentual
Markings of a Diorthotes - Lev Blumenfeld: Abstract Similarities between
Latin and Greek Dialogue Meters - David Chisholm: Prosodic Feature Analysis
of German Hexameter Verse - Maria-Kristiina Lotman: The Typology of
Estonian Hexameter - Geoffrey Russom: Word Patterns and Phrase Patterns in
Universalist Metrics - Seiichi Suzuki: Catalexis, Suspension of Resolution,
and the Organization of the Cadence in Eddic Meters - Rolf Noyer: The Rhyme
Quotient, Syntactic Inversion and Metrical Tension in the Verse of Edmund

Mihhail Lotman is Professor of Cultural Theory at Tallinn University and
Senior Researcher at the University of Tartu. He has published two
monographs and more than 200 papers. His research interests are general
semiotics and semiotics of culture; text theory and Russian literature
(esp. 20th-century poetry); poetics and rhetoric; general, comparative and
Russian verse studies. He is co-editor of Sign System Studies and a member
of the scientific board of Traduttologia. Rivista di interpretazione e

Maria-Kristiina Lotman is Associate Professor at the University of Tartu.
She obtained her PhD in 2003. She has published ca 50 publications. Her
research interests are ancient verse, its metre, rhythm, versification
systems; typological analysis of quantitative verse; semantics of verse.
She is co-editor of the on-line journal Studia Humaniora Tartuensia.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Ling & Literature
Cognitive Science
Comparative Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard
Chinese, Mandarin
Greek, Modern
Persian, Iranian
Norse, Old
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034303736
Pages: 426
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U.K. £ 54.00
Europe EURO 60.00