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The language and sound patterns of verse

  • Dennis Freeborn
  • Peter French
  • David Langford
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Part of the Studies in English Language series book series (SEL)

Abstract

The rhythm of ordinary English speech derives from the patterns of stress in words and utterances. It is generally agreed that the stressed syllables in speech tend to occur at roughly regular intervals — the technical term is isochrony — especially in deliberate speech, for example (−s = unstressed syllable; +s = stressed syllable).

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References

  1. Derek Attridge, The Rhythms of English Poetry (Longman, 1983).Google Scholar
  2. Geoffrey Leech, A Linguistic Guide to English Poetry (Longman, 1969).Google Scholar

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© Dennis Freeborn, Peter French, David Langford 1993

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  • Dennis Freeborn
  • Peter French
  • David Langford

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