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Language and Literary Structure

Language and Literary Structure
The Linguistic Analysis of Form in Verse and Narrative

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  • Date Published: September 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521796989

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  • This theoretical study of linguistic structure in literature focuses on verse and narrative from a linguistic perspective. Nigel Fabb provides a simple and realistic linguistic explanation of poetic form in English from 1500-1900, drawing on the English and American verse and oral narrative tradition, as well as contemporary criticism. He offers a new linguistic approach to how metre and rhythm work in poetry, based on pragmatic theory. He provides a pragmatic explanation of formal ambiguity and indeterminacy and their aesthetic effects.

    • A simple and realistic linguistic explanation of poetic form in English from 1500–1900
    • An introduction to a new linguistic theory of poetic metre
    • A pragmatic explanation of formal ambiguity and indeterminacy and their aesthetic effects
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    'This book presents a highly original linguistic approach to literary structure, and especially to English metrical verse.' Journal of Literary Semantics

    '… an interesting addition to the linguistic study of verse … Language and Literary Structure is a significant contribution to the linguistic analysis of literature. It describes and analyzes a broader set of English verse than previous generative accounts … The writing is clear throughout the book … Language and Literary Structure could easily serve as the textbook in an advanced course on metrics … the ongoing and active debate over t his makes Fabb's work both timely and relevant … Language and Literary Structure will prove useful to both the linguist and the literary scholar … The book poses interesting answers to provocative questions …' Journal of Linguistics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521796989
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.386kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 27 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Literary form
    2. Generated metrical form
    3. Communicated form
    4. The communication of metre
    5. Lines
    6. Line-groups in metrical verse and in narrative
    7. Complexity.

  • Author

    Nigel Fabb, University of Strathclyde

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