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A history of Old English meter

Author: R D Fulk
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1992.
Series: Middle Ages series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In A History of Old English Meter, R.D. Fulk offers a wide-ranging reference on Anglo-Saxon meter. Fulk examines the evidence for chronological and regional variation in the meter of Old English verse, studying such linguistic variables as the treatment or West Germanic parasite vowels, contracted vowels, and short syllables under secondary and tertiary stress, as well as a variety of supposed dialect features.  Read more...
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Fulk, R.D. (Robert Dennis).
History of Old English meter.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1992
(OCoLC)645826858
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R D Fulk
ISBN: 0812231570 9780812231571
OCLC Number: 26543406
Description: xxi, 466 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Ch. I. West Germanic Parasiting --
Ch. II. Contraction --
Ch. III. Contraction in Negated Verbs and Indefinite Pronouns --
Ch. IV. Compensatory Lengthening Upon Loss of h --
Ch. V. Analogical Lengthening in Diphthongal Stems --
Ch. VI. Kaluza's Law --
Ch. VII. Changes in Ictus at the Tertiary Level --
Ch. VIII. Ictus and Resolution in Nonfinal Position --
Ch. IX. Miscellaneous Proposed Chronological Variables --
Ch. X. Late Developments --
Ch. XI. Syncopated Endings of Long-Stemmed Verbs and Other Presumed Indicators of Dialect Origins --
Conclusion: Relative and Absolute Dating --
Appendix A: Chronology and Dialect in the Remaining Longer Poems --
Appendix B: The Date of the Battle of Maldon --
Appendix C: Long and Short Inflectional Syllables --
Appendix D: Dating the Early Bede Manuscripts.
Series Title: Middle Ages series.
Responsibility: R.D. Fulk.

Abstract:

In A History of Old English Meter, R.D. Fulk offers a wide-ranging reference on Anglo-Saxon meter. Fulk examines the evidence for chronological and regional variation in the meter of Old English verse, studying such linguistic variables as the treatment or West Germanic parasite vowels, contracted vowels, and short syllables under secondary and tertiary stress, as well as a variety of supposed dialect features. Fulk's study of such variables points the way to a revised understanding of the role of syllable length in the construction of early Germanic meters and furnishes criteria for distinguishing dialectal from poetic features in the language of the major Old English poetic codices. On this basis, it is possible to draw conclusions about the probable dialect origins of much verse, to delineate the characteristics of at least four discrete periods in the development of Old English meter, and with some probability to assign to them many of the longer poems, such as Genesis A, Beowulf and the works of Cynewulf. A History of Old English Meter will be of interest to scholars of Anglo-Saxon, historians of the English language, Germanic philologists, and historical linguists.

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