Aspects of Old English Poetic Syntax

Aspects of Old English Poetic Syntax

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Distinguished by a remarkable combination of erudition and lucidity, Aspects of Old English Poetic Syntax provides new insight into the rules that govern syntactic relationships and indicates how these rules differ for prose and verse. Blockley considers the functions of four of the most common and most syntactically important words in Old English, as well as such features of clauses as verb-initial order, negative contraction, and unexpressed but understood subjects. Picking up where Bruce Mitchell's classic Old English Syntax left off, Blockley shows how such common words and structures mark the relationships between phrases and clauses.Two examples of evidence that could support or refute this postulated omission would be the identification of the poema#39;s ... with the correlative adverb regularly precede the subordinate one, as it does in Beowulf723: onbraed pa bealohydig, anbsp;...

Title:Aspects of Old English Poetic Syntax
Author:Mary Eva Blockley
Publisher:University of Illinois Press - 2001


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