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dc.contributor.advisorCable, Thomas, 1942-en
dc.creatorPsonak, Kevin Damienen
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-10T20:13:41Zen
dc.date.available2012-07-10T20:13:41Zen
dc.date.issued2012-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2012en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2012-05-5044en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThis study contributes to the search for metrical order in the 90,000 extant long lines of the late fourteenth-century Middle English Alliterative Revival. Using the 'Gawain'-poet's 'Patience' and 'Cleanness', it refutes nineteenth- and twentieth-century scholars who mistook rhythmic liveliness for metrical disorganization and additionally corrects troubling missteps that scholars have taken over the last five years. 'Chapter One: Tame the "Gabble of Weaker Syllables"' rehearses the traditional, but mistaken view that long lines are barely patterned at all. It explains the widely-accepted methods for determining which syllables are metrically stressed and which are not: Give metrical stress to the syllables that in everyday Middle English were probably accented. 'Chapter Two: An Environment for Demotion in the B-Verse' introduces the relatively stringent metrical template of the b-verse as a foil for the different kind of meter at work in the a-verse. 'Chapter Three: Rhythmic Consistency in the Middle English Alliterative Long Line' examines the structure of the a-verse and considers the viability of verses with more than the normal two beats. An empirical investigation considers whether rhythmic consistency in the long line depends on three-beat a-verses. 'Chapter Four: Dynamic "Unmetre" and the Proscription against Three Sequential Iambs' posits an explanation for the unusual distributions of metrically unstressed syllables in the long line and finds that the 'Gawain'-poet's rhythms avoid the even alternation of beats and offbeats with uncanny precision. 'Chapter Five: Metrical Promotion, Linguistic Promotion, and False Extra-Long Dips' takes the rest of the dissertation as a foundation for explaining rhythmically puzzling a-verses. A-verses that seem to have excessively long sequences of offbeats and other a-verses that infringe on b-verse meter prove amenable to adjustment through metrical promotion. 'Conclusion: Metrical Regions in the Long Line' synthesizes the findings of the previous chapters in a survey of metrical tension in the long line. It additionally articulates the key theme of the dissertation: Contrary to traditional assumptions, Middle English alliterative long lines have variable, instead of consistent, numbers of beats and highly regulated, instead of liberally variable, arrangements of metrically unstressed syllables.en
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectLinguisticsen
dc.subjectLanguageen
dc.subjectPhonologyen
dc.subjectPhonologicalen
dc.subjectEnglishen
dc.subjectAccenten
dc.subjectRhythmen
dc.subjectMedievalen
dc.subjectMiddle Englishen
dc.subjectAlliterationen
dc.subjectPoetryen
dc.subjectPhilologyen
dc.subjectMetricalen
dc.subjectPoeticsen
dc.subjectProsodyen
dc.subjectMetrical stressen
dc.subjectBeaten
dc.subjectGawainen
dc.subjectChauceren
dc.subjectVerseen
dc.subjectPromotionen
dc.subjectDemotionen
dc.subjectTensionen
dc.subjectPauseen
dc.subjectIambic pentameteren
dc.subjectPatienceen
dc.subjectCleannessen
dc.subjectYakovleven
dc.subjectCableen
dc.subjectChomskyen
dc.subjectMinkovaen
dc.subjectBroganen
dc.subjectSaintsburyen
dc.subjectWimsatten
dc.subjectBeardsleyen
dc.subjectPearlen
dc.subjectDugganen
dc.subjectShakespeareen
dc.subjectBeowulfen
dc.titleThe long line of the Middle English alliterative revival : rhythmically coherent, metrically strict, phonologically Englishen
dc.date.updated2012-07-10T20:13:53Zen
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2012-05-5044en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHenkel, Jacqueline M.en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHinrichs, Larsen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLesser, Wayneen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKing, Robert D.en
dc.description.departmentEnglishen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentEnglishen
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen


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