Fabb, Nigel (1999) Verse constituency and the locality of alliteration. Lingua, 108 (4). pp. 223-245. ISSN 0024-3841Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
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.
|Keywords:||alliteration, form, meter, Language and Literature, Linguistics and Language, Language and Linguistics|
|Subjects:||Language and Literature|
|Department:||Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > English|
|Depositing user:||Pure Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||13 Jun 2012 09:08|
|Last modified:||04 May 2016 22:03|