Language and Literary Structure: The Linguistic Analysis of Form in Verse and Narrative / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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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

  • ISBN-13: 9780521796989
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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.

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