Syntactic Dislocation in English Congregational Song between 1500 and 1900: A Corpus-based Study by Kirsten GatherSyntactic Dislocation in English Congregational Song between 1500 and 1900: A Corpus-based Study by Kirsten Gather

Syntactic Dislocation in English Congregational Song between 1500 and 1900: A Corpus-based Study

byKirsten Gather

Hardcover | June 30, 2014

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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.
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.
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Title:Syntactic Dislocation in English Congregational Song between 1500 and 1900: A Corpus-based StudyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.98 inPublished:June 30, 2014Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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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.