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Mon Mar 08 2021

Books: The interaction between phonology and metre: De Sisto

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Date: 25-Feb-2021
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Subject: The interaction between phonology and metre: De Sisto
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Title: The interaction between phonology and metre
Subtitle: Approaches to Romance and West-Germanic Renaissance metre
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Published: 2020
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)

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Author: Mirella De Sisto
Paperback: ISBN: 9789460933622 Pages: 227 Price: Europe EURO 32

This dissertation investigates the interface between phonological and metrical structure. The interaction between phonology and metrics is explored from two perspectives: one looks at poetic aspects as evidence for phonological characteristics; the other explores to what extent phonology conditions the development of poetic tradition and by what means the metrical template is filled by phonological material. The case study is Renaissance metre and its implementation in a set of Romance and West-Germanic languages. A comparison of the different ways in which the same source metre was incorporated in various European poetic traditions sheds light on the role played by phonology in the process of adaptation. When a metre is borrowed, this needs to be adapted to the metrical structure which mirrors the phonology of the recipient language. In particular, the metrical template selects a macroparameter based on the macroparameter selected by phonology. The phonological macroparameter defines which prosodic domain (i.e. phrase or word) plays a prominent role in the language; consequently, metrics selects which of its layers (i.e. colon or foot) is going to play a prominent role in the poetic form. In addition, this work argues that the relationship between the two structures is bidirectional: on the one hand, phonology sees metrical structure and fills it with its elements; on the other hand, the metrical structure can stretch the possibilities of phonological material. The interaction is based on a series of matches and mismatches between the two structures, in a game of tension managed by metrics.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
Language Family(ies): Romance
                            West Germanic

Written In: English (eng)

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