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Verse constituency and the locality of alliteration

Fabb, Nigel (1999) Verse constituency and the locality of alliteration. Lingua, 108 (4). pp. 223-245. ISSN 0024-3841

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Abstract

This paper formulates a generalisation about a difference between alliteration and rhyme in verse: alliteration is subject to a locality constraint which does not hold for rhyme. Alliteration holds only within a verse constituent or between adjacent verse constituents. To demonstrate this, I describe the major verse traditions which involve systematic alliteration. This discussion is placed in the context of a more general account of a distinction between inherent form (exemplified by linguistic form, and possibly some kinds of metrical form) and communicated form (a self-description licensed by evidence provided by the text). Though it is subject to a locality constraint (reminiscent in some ways of a linguistic constraint), alliteration is nevertheless an instance of communicated form.

Item type: Article
ID code: 40005
Keywords: alliteration, form, meter, Language and Literature
Subjects: Language and Literature
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > English
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    Depositing user: Pure Administrator
    Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2012 10:08
    Last modified: 13 Jun 2012 10:08
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/40005

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