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dc.creatorPsonak, Kevin Damien
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-10T20:13:41Z
dc.date.available2012-07-10T20:13:41Z
dc.date.created2012-05
dc.date.issued2012-07-10
dc.date.submittedMay 2012
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2012-05-5044
dc.descriptiontext
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.
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.subjectLinguistics
dc.subjectLanguage
dc.subjectPhonology
dc.subjectPhonological
dc.subjectEnglish
dc.subjectAccent
dc.subjectRhythm
dc.subjectMedieval
dc.subjectMiddle English
dc.subjectAlliteration
dc.subjectPoetry
dc.subjectPhilology
dc.subjectMetrical
dc.subjectPoetics
dc.subjectProsody
dc.subjectMetrical stress
dc.subjectBeat
dc.subjectGawain
dc.subjectChaucer
dc.subjectVerse
dc.subjectPromotion
dc.subjectDemotion
dc.subjectTension
dc.subjectPause
dc.subjectIambic pentameter
dc.subjectPatience
dc.subjectCleanness
dc.subjectYakovlev
dc.subjectCable
dc.subjectChomsky
dc.subjectMinkova
dc.subjectBrogan
dc.subjectSaintsbury
dc.subjectWimsatt
dc.subjectBeardsley
dc.subjectPearl
dc.subjectDuggan
dc.subjectShakespeare
dc.subjectBeowulf
dc.titleThe long line of the Middle English alliterative revival : rhythmically coherent, metrically strict, phonologically English
dc.date.updated2012-07-10T20:13:53Z
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2012-05-5044
dc.description.departmentEnglish
dc.type.genrethesis*
thesis.degree.departmentEnglish
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy


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