Towards a Typology of Poetic Forms

From language to metrics and beyond

| Université Paris 8
| Université de Nantes
ISBN 9789027208194 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027289049 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
Metrics is often defined as a discipline that concerns itself with the study of meters. In this volume the term is used in a broader sense that more or less coincides with the traditional notion of “versification”. Understood this way, metrics is an eminently complex object that displays variation over time and in space, that concerns forms of a great variety and with different statuses (meters, rhymes, stanzas, prescribed forms, syllabification rules, nursery rhymes, slogans, musical textsetting, ablaut reduplication etc.), and that as a cultural manifestation is performed in a variety of ways (sung, chanted, spoken, read) that can have direct consequences on how it is structured. This profusion of forms is thought to correspond, at the level of perception, to a limited number of cognitive mechanisms that allow us to perceive and to represent regularly iterating forms. This volume proposes a relatively coherent overall vision by distinguishing four main families of metrical forms, each clearly independent of the others and amenable to separate typologies.
[Language Faculty and Beyond, 2]  2009.  xiv, 428 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: Proposals for metrical typology
Jean-Louis Aroui
Part I. Isochronous metrics
Textsetting as constraint conflict
Bruce Hayes
Comparing musical textsetting in French and in English songs
Francois Dell and John Halle
Bavarian Zwiefache : Investigating the interface between rhythm, metrics and song
Patrizia Noel Aziz Hanna and Robert Vetterle
Natural Versification in French and German counting-out rhymes
Andreas Dufter and Patrizia Noel Aziz Hanna
Minimal chronometric forms: On the durational metrics of 2-2-stroke groups
Benoît de Cornulier
Symmetry and children’s poetry in sign languages
Marion Blondel and Christopher Miller
Part II. Prosodic metrics
Pairs and triplets: A theory of metrical verse
Nigel Fabb and Morris Halle
Generative linguistics and Arabic metrics
Bruno Paoli
On the meter of Middle English alliterative verse
Donka Minkova
The Russian Auden and the Russianness of Auden: Meaning and form in a translation by Brodsky
Nila Friedberg
Towards a universal definition of the caesura
Marc Dominicy and Mihai Nasta
Metrical alignment
Kristin Hanson
Rephrasing line-end restrictions
Carlos Piera
Part III. Para-metrical phenomena
Pif paf poof: Ablaut reduplication in children’s counting-out rhymes
Andy Arleo
The phonology of elision and metrical figures in Italian versification
Oreste Floquet
Part IV. Macrostructural metrics
Convention and parody in the rhyming of Tristan Corbière
Dominique Billy
The metrics of Sephardic song
José Domínguez Caparrós
A rule of metrical uniformity in old Hungarian poetry
Iván Horváth
Metrical structure of the European sonnet
Jean-Louis Aroui
Persons index
Languages index
Subjects index
“The authors and editors of this book [...] hold that, in terms of how people perceive verse, there are but a limited number of cognitive patterns. Their book represents an attempt to open up discussion of versification along such lines. It aims at "getting the debate off the ground" in the words of Aroui, one of the two co-editors, rather than "proposing a unified and rigorously falsifiable theory", but nevertheless, despite this understandable admission, the present work is one of the most important books on poetic metre published in the past few years.”
“The diversity of the field of metrics requires people to define their categories, and make them comparable with the work of others. With its content divided into motivated thematic sections, this volume should help in achieving just that. This is a truly good thing.”
“There are very few books of high quality in the field of metrical study, and even fewer which bring together leading experts focusing on specific problems of verse-form; this wide-ranging volume is therefore to be warmly welcomed.”
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Aroui, Jean-Louis
2007.  B. Elan Dresner et Nila Friedberg, dir. Formal approaches to poetry : Recent developments in metrics. In the series Phonology and Phonetics 11. Berlin/New York : Mouton de Gruyter. 2006. Pp. viii + 314. 132,30 $ US (relié).. Canadian Journal of Linguistics/Revue canadienne de linguistique 52:3  pp. 313 ff. Crossref logo
Noel Aziz Hanna, Patrizia
2013. On the Loss of High-Frequency Function Words. Journal of Germanic Linguistics 25:1  pp. 1 ff. Crossref logo
Ryan, Kevin M.
2017. The stress–weight interface in metre. Phonology 34:3  pp. 581 ff. Crossref logo

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BIC Subject: CFH – Phonetics, phonology
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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