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Is literary language a development of ordinary language?

Fabb, Nigel (2010) Is literary language a development of ordinary language? Lingua, 120 (5). pp. 1219-1232. ISSN 0024-3841

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    Abstract

    Contemporary literary linguistics is guided by the 'Development Hypothesis' which says that literary language is formed and regulated by developing only the elements, rules and constraints of ordinary language. Six ways of differentiating literary language from ordinary language are tested against the Development Hypothesis, as are various kinds of superadded constraint including metre, rhyme and alliteration and parallelism. Literary language differs formally, but is unlikely to differ semantically from ordinary language. The article concludes by asking why the Development Hypothesis might hold.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 18457
    Keywords: parallelism, literary linguistics, literary language, Philology. Linguistics, Linguistics and Language, Language and Linguistics
    Subjects: Language and Literature > Philology. Linguistics
    Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > English
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    Depositing user: Mrs Tereza McLaughlin-Vanova
    Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2010 14:23
    Last modified: 11 Apr 2014 22:26
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/18457

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