Towards a Typology of Poetic Forms

From language to metrics and beyond

Jean-Louis Aroui | Université Paris 8
Andy Arleo | Université de Nantes
ISBN 9789027208194 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027289049 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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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.
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“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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2022. Syllable weight and natural duration in textsetting popular music in English. English Language and Linguistics 26:3  pp. 559 ff. DOI logo
Temperley, Nicholas & David Temperley
2013. Stress-meter alignment in French vocal music. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 134:1  pp. 520 ff. DOI logo
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2023. Problems with universal metrics. International Journal of Chinese Linguistics 10:2  pp. 220 ff. DOI logo

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CFH: Phonetics, phonology

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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