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Friday, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 5A, ACC

Quantity in English Verse: Linguistic and Neuroscience-Based Challenges to the Accentual Paradigm

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A special session. Presiding: Thomas Cable, Univ. of Texas, Austin

Speakers: Thomas Cable; Ian Cornelius, Yale Univ.; Natalie E. Gerber, State Univ. of New York, Fredonia; Nicholas Myklebust, Regis Univ.; Eric Weiskott, Boston Coll.

Scholarship of the past quarter century in linguistics and the neurosciences has confirmed what many prosodists have suggested: that the familiar historical narratives of English rhythm and meter rest on dubious assumptions. Panelists propose alternative narratives at historical stages of English poetry, from the origins to the present, along with overarching theoretical justifications.

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