Meters of Old Norse Eddic Poetry : Common Germanic Inheritance and North Germanic Innovation.

By: Suzuki, SeiichiSeries: Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde - Ergänzungsbände SerPublisher: Berlin/Boston : De Gruyter, Inc., 2013Copyright date: ©2014Description: 1 online resource (1142 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783110336771Subject(s): Eddas -- History and criticism.;Old Norse poetry -- History and criticismGenre/Form: Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Meters of Old Norse Eddic Poetry : Common Germanic Inheritance and North Germanic InnovationDDC classification: 839 LOC classification: PT7235 -- .S89 2014ebOnline resources: Click to View
Contents:
Intro -- Dedication -- Preface -- Contents -- List of tables -- Abbreviations and symbols -- 1 Introduction -- 1.1 The corpus of metrical data -- 1.2 An overview of verse structure: metrical positions, verse types, and alliteration -- 1.3 The meter as a prototypebased system of gradient organization -- 1.4 Statistical analysis -- Part I. Fornyrðislag -- Introduction -- 2 Verse types and their realizations -- 2.1 Type A1 (/ x / x) -- 2.1.1 The first drop -- 2.1.2 The second drop -- 2.1.3 Marked variants of type A1 -- 2.1.3.1 The configuration PS#px -- 2.1.3.2 The configuration Px...px -- 2.1.3.3 The configurations Pxx#Px and PXx#Px -- 2.1.3.4 The configuration PxSx -- 2.2 Type A2 -- 2.2.1 Type A2a (/ \ / x) -- 2.2.2 Type A2b (/ x / \ and / \ / \) -- 2.3 Type A3 ([/] x / x) -- 2.3.1 The configurations x...Px, x...PS, and x...PP -- 2.3.2 The configuration x...px -- 2.4 Type A1 (/ x / [x]) -- 2.5 Type A2a (/ \ / [x]) -- 2.6 Type A3 ([/] x / [x]) -- 2.7 Type B (x / x /) -- 2.8 Type C (x / / x) -- 2.8.1 The first and second drops -- 2.8.2 The second lift: the six major configurations x...PPx, x...Ppx, x...PSx, x...Psx, x...PXx, and x...Pxx -- 2.8.3 The configuration x...pXx -- 2.9 Type C (x / / [x]) -- 2.10 Type D (/ / x x) -- 2.10.1 Major variants and the status of the heavy drop -- 2.10.2 The configuration PPPx: apparent ambiguity of types A2a and D -- 2.10.3 The configuration PPpx: apparent ambiguity of type D and subtype A1s -- 2.10.4 The configurations PpXx and PsXx -- 2.11 Type D (/ / x [x]) -- 2.12 Type D* (/ x / x x) -- 2.12.1 Major variants -- 2.12.2 The configurations Px...Ppx and Px...Psx: on resolving ambiguity between types A2b and D* -- 2.12.3 The configuration Pxxx...P with single alliteration: on resolving ambiguity between types A1 and D* -- 2.13 Type E (/ \ x /) -- 2.13.1 Major variants.
2.13.2 The configurations PSxpx and PXxpx: on resolving ambiguity between type E and subtype A1s -- 2.13.3 The configuration PXx...P: on resolving ambiguity between types E and A1 -- 2.13.4 The configuration PPx...P with double alliteration: on resolving ambiguity between types E and A1 -- 2.13.5 The configuration PPx...P with single alliteration: on resolving ambiguity between types E, D, and A1 -- 2.14 Twoposition verses -- 2.15 The system of verse types: a first approximation -- 3 Anacrusis and catalexis -- 3.1 Anacrusis -- 3.2 Catalexis -- 3.3 The organization of anacrusis and catalexis, and the system of verse types reconsidered -- 4 Resolution -- 4.1 Resolution and the drop: Auflösung and Verschleifung -- 4.2 Resolution according to position and verse type -- 4.2.1 The first lift of type A1 -- 4.2.2 The first lift of type B -- 4.2.3 The first lift of type C -- 4.2.4 The first lift of type D -- 4.2.5 The first lift of types D*, D/E, and E -- 4.2.6 A synchronic account of the varied incidences of resolution according to verse type -- 4.2.7 The second lift of types A1, A2a, and A2b -- 4.2.8 The second lift of type B -- 4.2.9 The second lift of types C, D, D*, and E -- 4.3 Suspension of resolution -- 4.3.1 The configuration x...pXx: the first lift of type C -- 4.3.2 The configuration PS#px: the second lift of subtype A1s -- 4.3.3 The configuration Px...px: the second lift of subtype A1s -- 4.3.4 The configuration x...px: the second lift of type A3 -- 4.3.5 The configurations x...Ppx and x...Psx: the second lift of type C -- 4.3.6 The configuration PpXx: the second lift of type D -- 4.3.7 The configuration Px...pXx: the second lift of type D* -- 4.3.8 A synchronic account of suspension of resolution -- 4.3.9 A diachronic account -- 4.4 On Kaluza's law -- 4.4.1 Introduction -- 4.4.2 On defining 'short' and 'long' disyllables: two competing accounts.
4.4.3 Kaluza's law in fornyrðislag? -- 4.4.4 Kaluza's law in the Heliand -- 4.4.5 Kaluza's law in fornyrðislag revisited -- 4.4.6 Conclusion -- 5 The cadence -- 5.1 Preference for / x in versefinal position -- 5.2 Preference for the cadence / x in the bverse -- 5.2.1 Class B (x / x /) -- 5.2.2 Class C (x / / x) -- 5.2.3 Class A (/ x / x) -- 5.2.4 Class A with anacrusis (x / x / x) -- 5.3 The optimal prosodic form of the cadence / x: Px -- 5.4 Further variants of the cadence / x: px and P -- 5.4.1 The prosodic form px -- 5.4.2 The prosodic form P -- 5.4.3 The three variants of the cadence / x: Px, px, and P -- 5.5 Conclusion: the overall proportion of verses ending in lift + drop -- 6 Alliteration -- 6.1 The rules of alliteration -- 6.2 The metrical basis of alliteration -- 6.2.1 Variation in alliterative pattern within verse types -- 6.2.1.1 Type A1 -- 6.2.1.2 Types A2a and A2b -- 6.2.1.3 Type A1 -- 6.2.1.4 Type B -- 6.2.1.5 Type C -- 6.2.1.6 Type D -- 6.2.1.7 Type E -- 6.2.1.8 Double alliteration and increased prominence: uniformity in diversity -- 6.2.2 Verse classes and alliteration -- 6.3 The lexical basis of alliteration -- 6.3.1 Type A1 -- 6.3.2 Type B -- 6.3.3 Type C -- 6.3.4 Generalizations: a comparative perspective -- 7 The stanza -- 7.1 Preliminaries -- 7.2 Distribution of verse classes, verse types, and their variants in the stanza -- 7.2.1 Types A1, A2, and A3 -- 7.2.2 Type B -- 7.2.3 Type C -- 7.2.4 Types D, D*, and E -- 7.2.5 Verse classes -- 7.3 Anacrusis and catalexis -- 7.4 Resolution and alliteration -- 7.5 The cadence -- 7.6 The metrical organization of the stanza -- Part II. Málaháttr -- Introduction -- 8 The prototype of málaháttr: Atlamál in grœnlenzco -- 8.1 Verse types and their realizations -- 8.1.1 Type A1* (/ x x / x) -- 8.1.2 Type aA1 (x / x / x) -- 8.1.3 Type A2* (/ x x / \) -- 8.1.4 Type A3* ([/] x x / x).
8.1.5 Type B* (x x / x /) -- 8.1.6 Type C* (x x / / x) -- 8.1.7 Type D (/ / x x) -- 8.1.8 Type D* (/ x / x x) -- 8.1.9 Type E (/ \ x /) -- 8.2 The system of verse types -- 8.3 The cadence -- 8.4 Resolution -- 8.5 Alliteration -- 8.6 The stanza -- 8.7 A critique of Heusler's (1956) identification of málaháttr with fornyrðislag -- 9 A peripheral variant of fornyrðislag/málaháttr 1: Atlaqviða in grœnlenzca -- 9.1 Verse types and their realizations -- 9.1.1 Type A1 (/ x / x) -- 9.1.2 Type aA1 (x / x / x) -- 9.1.3 Types A2a (/ \ / x) and A2b (/ x / \) -- 9.1.4 Type A3 ([/] x / x) -- 9.1.5 Type B (x / x /) -- 9.1.6 Type C (x / / x) -- 9.1.7 Type D (/ / x x) -- 9.1.8 Type D* (/ x / x x) -- 9.1.9 Type E (/ \ x /) -- 9.2 The system of verse types, the cadence, and resolution -- 10 A peripheral variant of fornyrðislag/málaháttr 2: Hamðismál -- 10.1 Verse types and their realizations -- 10.1.1 Type A1 (/ x / x) -- 10.1.2 Type aA1 (x / x / x) -- 10.1.3 Types A2a (/ \ / x) and A2b (/ x / \) -- 10.1.4 Type A3 ([/] x / x) -- 10.1.5 Type B (x / x /) -- 10.1.6 Type C (x / / x) -- 10.1.7 Type D (/ / x x) -- 10.1.8 Type D* (/ x / x x) -- 10.1.9 Type E (/ \ x /) -- 10.2 The system of verse types, the cadence, and resolution -- 11 A peripheral variant of fornyrðislag/málaháttr 3: Hárbarðzlióð -- 11.1 Verse types and their realizations -- 11.1.1 Type A1 (/ x / x) -- 11.1.2 Type aA1 (x / x / x) -- 11.1.3 Types A2a (/ \ / x) and A2b (/ x / \) -- 11.1.4 Type A3 ([/] x / x) -- 11.1.5 Type B (x / x /) -- 11.1.6 Type C* (x x / / x) -- 11.1.7 Type D* (/ x / x x) -- 11.1.8 Type E (/ \ x /) -- 11.1.9 Overlong verses -- 11.2 The system of verse types, the cadence, and anacrusis -- Part III. Ljóðaháttr -- Introduction -- 12 The averse and the bverse -- 12.1 Verse types and their realizations -- 12.1.1 Type A1 (/ x / x) -- 12.1.2 Type aA1 (x / x / x).
12.1.3 Types A2a (/ \ / x) and A2b (/ x / \) -- 12.1.4 Type A3 ([/] x / x) -- 12.1.5 Type A1 (/ x / [x]) -- 12.1.6 Type A2a (/ \ / [x]) -- 12.1.7 Type A3 ([/] x / [x]) -- 12.1.8 Type B (x / x /) -- 12.1.9 Type C (x / / x) -- 12.1.10 Type C (x / / [x]) -- 12.1.11 Type D (/ / x x) -- 12.1.12 Type D (/ / x [x]) -- 12.1.13 Type D* (/ x / x x) -- 12.1.14 Type E (/ \ x /) -- 12.1.15 Twoposition verses and overlong verses -- 12.2 The system of verse types and their realizations -- 12.3 Alliteration -- 12.4 A critique of Gering's (1902) analysis -- 13 The cverse -- 13.1 Verse types and their realizations -- 13.1.1 Type A1 (/ x / x) -- 13.1.2 Type aA1 (x / x / x /) -- 13.1.3 Types A2a (/ \ / x) and A2b (/ x / \) -- 13.1.4 Type A3 ([/] x / x) -- 13.1.5 Type A1 (/ x / [x]) -- 13.1.6 Type A2a (/ \ / [x]) -- 13.1.7 Type A3 ([/] x / [x]) -- 13.1.8 Type B (x / x /) -- 13.1.9 Type C (x / / x) -- 13.1.10 Type C (x / / [x]) -- 13.1.11 Type D (/ / x x) -- 13.1.12 Type D (/ / x [x]) -- 13.1.13 Type D* (/ x / x x) -- 13.1.14 Type E (/ \ x /) -- 13.1.15 Twoposition verses -- 13.2 The system of verse types and their realizations -- 13.3 Anacrusis, alliteration, resolution, and the cadence -- 13.3.1 Anacrusis -- 13.3.2 Alliteration -- 13.3.3 Resolution -- 13.3.4 The cadence -- 13.4 A critique of Sievers's (1893) and Gering's (1902) analysis -- 14 The stanza -- 14.1 Preliminaries -- 14.2 The averse -- 14.3 The bverse -- 14.4 The cverse -- 15 Conclusion -- Appendix 1: Catalogue of verse types -- Appendix 2: Dróttkætt and the eddic meters -- References -- Index of scansion -- Index of authors -- Index of subjects -- Index of verses.
Summary: A formal and functional study of the three meters of Old Norse eddic poetry, fornyrðislag, málaháttr, and ljóðaháttr, this book provides their systematic account (synchronic,diachronic, and from a comparative Germanic perspective). With thorough data presentation, detailed philological analysis, and sophisticated linguistic explanation, it will be of interest to Germanic philologists/linguists, medievalists, and metrists of all persuasions.
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Intro -- Dedication -- Preface -- Contents -- List of tables -- Abbreviations and symbols -- 1 Introduction -- 1.1 The corpus of metrical data -- 1.2 An overview of verse structure: metrical positions, verse types, and alliteration -- 1.3 The meter as a prototypebased system of gradient organization -- 1.4 Statistical analysis -- Part I. Fornyrðislag -- Introduction -- 2 Verse types and their realizations -- 2.1 Type A1 (/ x / x) -- 2.1.1 The first drop -- 2.1.2 The second drop -- 2.1.3 Marked variants of type A1 -- 2.1.3.1 The configuration PS#px -- 2.1.3.2 The configuration Px...px -- 2.1.3.3 The configurations Pxx#Px and PXx#Px -- 2.1.3.4 The configuration PxSx -- 2.2 Type A2 -- 2.2.1 Type A2a (/ \ / x) -- 2.2.2 Type A2b (/ x / \ and / \ / \) -- 2.3 Type A3 ([/] x / x) -- 2.3.1 The configurations x...Px, x...PS, and x...PP -- 2.3.2 The configuration x...px -- 2.4 Type A1 (/ x / [x]) -- 2.5 Type A2a (/ \ / [x]) -- 2.6 Type A3 ([/] x / [x]) -- 2.7 Type B (x / x /) -- 2.8 Type C (x / / x) -- 2.8.1 The first and second drops -- 2.8.2 The second lift: the six major configurations x...PPx, x...Ppx, x...PSx, x...Psx, x...PXx, and x...Pxx -- 2.8.3 The configuration x...pXx -- 2.9 Type C (x / / [x]) -- 2.10 Type D (/ / x x) -- 2.10.1 Major variants and the status of the heavy drop -- 2.10.2 The configuration PPPx: apparent ambiguity of types A2a and D -- 2.10.3 The configuration PPpx: apparent ambiguity of type D and subtype A1s -- 2.10.4 The configurations PpXx and PsXx -- 2.11 Type D (/ / x [x]) -- 2.12 Type D* (/ x / x x) -- 2.12.1 Major variants -- 2.12.2 The configurations Px...Ppx and Px...Psx: on resolving ambiguity between types A2b and D* -- 2.12.3 The configuration Pxxx...P with single alliteration: on resolving ambiguity between types A1 and D* -- 2.13 Type E (/ \ x /) -- 2.13.1 Major variants.

2.13.2 The configurations PSxpx and PXxpx: on resolving ambiguity between type E and subtype A1s -- 2.13.3 The configuration PXx...P: on resolving ambiguity between types E and A1 -- 2.13.4 The configuration PPx...P with double alliteration: on resolving ambiguity between types E and A1 -- 2.13.5 The configuration PPx...P with single alliteration: on resolving ambiguity between types E, D, and A1 -- 2.14 Twoposition verses -- 2.15 The system of verse types: a first approximation -- 3 Anacrusis and catalexis -- 3.1 Anacrusis -- 3.2 Catalexis -- 3.3 The organization of anacrusis and catalexis, and the system of verse types reconsidered -- 4 Resolution -- 4.1 Resolution and the drop: Auflösung and Verschleifung -- 4.2 Resolution according to position and verse type -- 4.2.1 The first lift of type A1 -- 4.2.2 The first lift of type B -- 4.2.3 The first lift of type C -- 4.2.4 The first lift of type D -- 4.2.5 The first lift of types D*, D/E, and E -- 4.2.6 A synchronic account of the varied incidences of resolution according to verse type -- 4.2.7 The second lift of types A1, A2a, and A2b -- 4.2.8 The second lift of type B -- 4.2.9 The second lift of types C, D, D*, and E -- 4.3 Suspension of resolution -- 4.3.1 The configuration x...pXx: the first lift of type C -- 4.3.2 The configuration PS#px: the second lift of subtype A1s -- 4.3.3 The configuration Px...px: the second lift of subtype A1s -- 4.3.4 The configuration x...px: the second lift of type A3 -- 4.3.5 The configurations x...Ppx and x...Psx: the second lift of type C -- 4.3.6 The configuration PpXx: the second lift of type D -- 4.3.7 The configuration Px...pXx: the second lift of type D* -- 4.3.8 A synchronic account of suspension of resolution -- 4.3.9 A diachronic account -- 4.4 On Kaluza's law -- 4.4.1 Introduction -- 4.4.2 On defining 'short' and 'long' disyllables: two competing accounts.

4.4.3 Kaluza's law in fornyrðislag? -- 4.4.4 Kaluza's law in the Heliand -- 4.4.5 Kaluza's law in fornyrðislag revisited -- 4.4.6 Conclusion -- 5 The cadence -- 5.1 Preference for / x in versefinal position -- 5.2 Preference for the cadence / x in the bverse -- 5.2.1 Class B (x / x /) -- 5.2.2 Class C (x / / x) -- 5.2.3 Class A (/ x / x) -- 5.2.4 Class A with anacrusis (x / x / x) -- 5.3 The optimal prosodic form of the cadence / x: Px -- 5.4 Further variants of the cadence / x: px and P -- 5.4.1 The prosodic form px -- 5.4.2 The prosodic form P -- 5.4.3 The three variants of the cadence / x: Px, px, and P -- 5.5 Conclusion: the overall proportion of verses ending in lift + drop -- 6 Alliteration -- 6.1 The rules of alliteration -- 6.2 The metrical basis of alliteration -- 6.2.1 Variation in alliterative pattern within verse types -- 6.2.1.1 Type A1 -- 6.2.1.2 Types A2a and A2b -- 6.2.1.3 Type A1 -- 6.2.1.4 Type B -- 6.2.1.5 Type C -- 6.2.1.6 Type D -- 6.2.1.7 Type E -- 6.2.1.8 Double alliteration and increased prominence: uniformity in diversity -- 6.2.2 Verse classes and alliteration -- 6.3 The lexical basis of alliteration -- 6.3.1 Type A1 -- 6.3.2 Type B -- 6.3.3 Type C -- 6.3.4 Generalizations: a comparative perspective -- 7 The stanza -- 7.1 Preliminaries -- 7.2 Distribution of verse classes, verse types, and their variants in the stanza -- 7.2.1 Types A1, A2, and A3 -- 7.2.2 Type B -- 7.2.3 Type C -- 7.2.4 Types D, D*, and E -- 7.2.5 Verse classes -- 7.3 Anacrusis and catalexis -- 7.4 Resolution and alliteration -- 7.5 The cadence -- 7.6 The metrical organization of the stanza -- Part II. Málaháttr -- Introduction -- 8 The prototype of málaháttr: Atlamál in grœnlenzco -- 8.1 Verse types and their realizations -- 8.1.1 Type A1* (/ x x / x) -- 8.1.2 Type aA1 (x / x / x) -- 8.1.3 Type A2* (/ x x / \) -- 8.1.4 Type A3* ([/] x x / x).

8.1.5 Type B* (x x / x /) -- 8.1.6 Type C* (x x / / x) -- 8.1.7 Type D (/ / x x) -- 8.1.8 Type D* (/ x / x x) -- 8.1.9 Type E (/ \ x /) -- 8.2 The system of verse types -- 8.3 The cadence -- 8.4 Resolution -- 8.5 Alliteration -- 8.6 The stanza -- 8.7 A critique of Heusler's (1956) identification of málaháttr with fornyrðislag -- 9 A peripheral variant of fornyrðislag/málaháttr 1: Atlaqviða in grœnlenzca -- 9.1 Verse types and their realizations -- 9.1.1 Type A1 (/ x / x) -- 9.1.2 Type aA1 (x / x / x) -- 9.1.3 Types A2a (/ \ / x) and A2b (/ x / \) -- 9.1.4 Type A3 ([/] x / x) -- 9.1.5 Type B (x / x /) -- 9.1.6 Type C (x / / x) -- 9.1.7 Type D (/ / x x) -- 9.1.8 Type D* (/ x / x x) -- 9.1.9 Type E (/ \ x /) -- 9.2 The system of verse types, the cadence, and resolution -- 10 A peripheral variant of fornyrðislag/málaháttr 2: Hamðismál -- 10.1 Verse types and their realizations -- 10.1.1 Type A1 (/ x / x) -- 10.1.2 Type aA1 (x / x / x) -- 10.1.3 Types A2a (/ \ / x) and A2b (/ x / \) -- 10.1.4 Type A3 ([/] x / x) -- 10.1.5 Type B (x / x /) -- 10.1.6 Type C (x / / x) -- 10.1.7 Type D (/ / x x) -- 10.1.8 Type D* (/ x / x x) -- 10.1.9 Type E (/ \ x /) -- 10.2 The system of verse types, the cadence, and resolution -- 11 A peripheral variant of fornyrðislag/málaháttr 3: Hárbarðzlióð -- 11.1 Verse types and their realizations -- 11.1.1 Type A1 (/ x / x) -- 11.1.2 Type aA1 (x / x / x) -- 11.1.3 Types A2a (/ \ / x) and A2b (/ x / \) -- 11.1.4 Type A3 ([/] x / x) -- 11.1.5 Type B (x / x /) -- 11.1.6 Type C* (x x / / x) -- 11.1.7 Type D* (/ x / x x) -- 11.1.8 Type E (/ \ x /) -- 11.1.9 Overlong verses -- 11.2 The system of verse types, the cadence, and anacrusis -- Part III. Ljóðaháttr -- Introduction -- 12 The averse and the bverse -- 12.1 Verse types and their realizations -- 12.1.1 Type A1 (/ x / x) -- 12.1.2 Type aA1 (x / x / x).

12.1.3 Types A2a (/ \ / x) and A2b (/ x / \) -- 12.1.4 Type A3 ([/] x / x) -- 12.1.5 Type A1 (/ x / [x]) -- 12.1.6 Type A2a (/ \ / [x]) -- 12.1.7 Type A3 ([/] x / [x]) -- 12.1.8 Type B (x / x /) -- 12.1.9 Type C (x / / x) -- 12.1.10 Type C (x / / [x]) -- 12.1.11 Type D (/ / x x) -- 12.1.12 Type D (/ / x [x]) -- 12.1.13 Type D* (/ x / x x) -- 12.1.14 Type E (/ \ x /) -- 12.1.15 Twoposition verses and overlong verses -- 12.2 The system of verse types and their realizations -- 12.3 Alliteration -- 12.4 A critique of Gering's (1902) analysis -- 13 The cverse -- 13.1 Verse types and their realizations -- 13.1.1 Type A1 (/ x / x) -- 13.1.2 Type aA1 (x / x / x /) -- 13.1.3 Types A2a (/ \ / x) and A2b (/ x / \) -- 13.1.4 Type A3 ([/] x / x) -- 13.1.5 Type A1 (/ x / [x]) -- 13.1.6 Type A2a (/ \ / [x]) -- 13.1.7 Type A3 ([/] x / [x]) -- 13.1.8 Type B (x / x /) -- 13.1.9 Type C (x / / x) -- 13.1.10 Type C (x / / [x]) -- 13.1.11 Type D (/ / x x) -- 13.1.12 Type D (/ / x [x]) -- 13.1.13 Type D* (/ x / x x) -- 13.1.14 Type E (/ \ x /) -- 13.1.15 Twoposition verses -- 13.2 The system of verse types and their realizations -- 13.3 Anacrusis, alliteration, resolution, and the cadence -- 13.3.1 Anacrusis -- 13.3.2 Alliteration -- 13.3.3 Resolution -- 13.3.4 The cadence -- 13.4 A critique of Sievers's (1893) and Gering's (1902) analysis -- 14 The stanza -- 14.1 Preliminaries -- 14.2 The averse -- 14.3 The bverse -- 14.4 The cverse -- 15 Conclusion -- Appendix 1: Catalogue of verse types -- Appendix 2: Dróttkætt and the eddic meters -- References -- Index of scansion -- Index of authors -- Index of subjects -- Index of verses.

A formal and functional study of the three meters of Old Norse eddic poetry, fornyrðislag, málaháttr, and ljóðaháttr, this book provides their systematic account (synchronic,diachronic, and from a comparative Germanic perspective). With thorough data presentation, detailed philological analysis, and sophisticated linguistic explanation, it will be of interest to Germanic philologists/linguists, medievalists, and metrists of all persuasions.

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