ERIC Number: ED304947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
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Stress Assignment Rules for Old English (Poetry).
An analysis of stress patterns in Old English poetry addresses conflicting theories of and lack of uniformity in scansion and proposes that this problem is due primarily to scansion of a given half-line by somewhat arbitrary assignment to one of five types, with no rule-governed word stress principles upon which to base its scansion. It is recommended that for correct and uniform scansion of a given half-line, word stress rules be determined first and then applied to the words constituting the half-line, and finally, the resulting linguistic stress pattern should be matched to a verse type. The analysis provides (1) traditional accounts from handbooks of word stress patterns, based on metrical evidence, and (2) the corresponding grid-based analysis of Old English stress rules. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Revised and expanded version of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (62nd, San Francisco, CA, December 27-30, 1987).