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The Phonology of Old English Stress and Metrical Structure


Piotr Gasiorowski

This book attempts to build a complete theory of stress in Old English. In particular, the author tries to elucidate the relation, in that language, between stress placement and syllable weight. Eventually, he finds that the syllable should be abandoned as the central notion of Old English metrical phonology and replaced with the mora as an independent unit of phonological quantity. These findings are then applied to a new, phonologically-based analysis of the rhythm of Old English poetry.
Contents: Analysis of Old English syllable structure and stress patterns - A new metrical theory of Old English stress, based on a count of moras - An exhaustive description of stress-dependent phonological phenomena in the language - A novel analysis of the verse patterns of Old English poetry.