Alliteration In Culture

Hardcover | August 15, 2011

EditorJonathan Roper

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Alliteration occurs in a wide variety of contexts in stress-initial languages, including Icelandic, Finnish and Mongolian. It can be found in English from Beowulf to The Sun. Nevertheless, alliteration remains an unexamined phenomenon. This pioneering volume takes alliteration as its central focus across a variety of languages and domains.

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Alliteration occurs in a wide variety of contexts in stress-initial languages, including Icelandic, Finnish and Mongolian. It can be found in English from Beowulf to The Sun. Nevertheless, alliteration remains an unexamined phenomenon. This pioneering volume takes alliteration as its central focus across a variety of languages and doma...

JONATHAN ROPER is interested in traditional linguistic genres and is a Senior Researcher in the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore at the University of Tartu, Estonia. He is author of English Verbal Charms, and editor of two collections of charms studies published by Palgrave Macmillan.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.9 × 5.79 × 0.9 inPublished:August 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230232647

ISBN - 13:9780230232648

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Key topics in the study of alliteration; J.Roper
Love, Silver and the Devil: Alliteration in English Place-Names; J.Harte
Alliteration in English-language Versions of Current Widespread European Idioms and Proverbs; F.C.Williams
Alliteration in Inaugural Addresses: From George Washington to Barack Obama; H.Halmari 
Purposely to Please the Palates of Pretty Prattling Playfellows; P.Cowdell
Dealing Dooms: Alliteration in the Old Frisian Laws; R.H.Bremmer Jr
Restrictions on Alliteration and Rhyme in Contemporary Swedish Personal Names with an Old Germanic Retrospect; L.Hagåsen
Alliteration in the 'Þrymskviða' and in Chamisso's German translation; L.Naiditch
Alliteration in Iceland: From the Edda to Modern Verse and Pop Lyrics; K.Árnason
Alliteration Involving /s/ in the History of Icelandic poetry; R.I.Aðalsteinsson
Alliteration in Mongol Poetry; G.Kara
Around Analysis and Hypothesis of Hungarian Alliteration; V.Voigts
Alliteration in (Balto-) Finnic Languages; F.Stepanova&E.Stepanova
Alliteration in Somali Poetry; M.Orwin
Alliteration in Sign Language Poetry; M.Kaneko
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"This is a unique and richly rewarding account of alliteration which establishes its cultural and linguistic interest, and will be a valuable resource for students and scholars." -- Nigel Fabb, Strathclyde University, UK  "This collection offers a broad view of alliteration, one of the most widely shared cohesive and creative applications of human language. This cross-cultural poetic and rhetorical universal is explored in its anthropological, socio-cultural, poetic, stylistic, and linguistic contexts in diverse settings and traditions. The changing attitudes to alliteration, its multiple forms, and its uses and abuses, will be of interest to any reader curious about language and will provide valuable information to scholars from all areas in the arts, humanities, and social sciences." -- Donka Minkova, UCLA, USA