Syntactic Dislocation in English Congregational Song between 1500 and 1900: A Corpus-based Study (English Corpus Linguistics 14 New edition)

Syntactic Dislocation in English Congregational Song between 1500 and 1900: A Corpus-based Study (English Corpus Linguistics 14 New edition)

By: Kirsten Gather (author)Hardback

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A famous English hymn does not start with He who would be valiant, but He who would valiant be with valiant in dislocated position in the clause. The aim of this study is to analyse syntactic dislocation in English congregational song between 1500 and 1900 and to examine its motivations and developments. Poetic factors, like metre and rhyme, can be assumed as primary causes. Moreover, two contrasting dislocation patterns emerge, which show the interplay of poetic requirements and syntactic criteria. The first pattern occurs mainly in metrical psalms, while the second pattern is typical of hymns. With these patterns as a basis of comparison, syntactic dislocation is a decisive factor that makes congregational song conservative both compared to secular poetry and to religious prose.

About Author

Kirsten Gather graduated in Musicology, English philology, and Theatre, Film, and Television studies at the University of Cologne. She works as a researcher at the English department of the University of Cologne. Her research interests include historical linguistics, corpus linguistics and hymnology.

Contents

Contents: Syntactic dislocation - English congregational song - Diachronic, corpus-based study - Syntax of English - Poetic factors - Metre and rhyme - Metrical psalms - Hymns - Religious verse - Statistics - Corpus linguistics - Text linguistics.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9783631645901
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 258
  • ID: 9783631645901
  • weight: 450
  • ISBN10: 3631645902
  • edition: New edition

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