Vol. 12 (2023)
Condizioni di Possibilità

Crossing the Borders between Meter, Syntax and Information Structure. Some Methodological Notes

Chiara De Bastiani
Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia

Published 2023-12-23


  • Early Middle English,
  • Information Structure,
  • Meter,
  • Old English,
  • Syntax


This paper discusses how combining research in meter, syntax and information structure can enhance our understanding of the syntax of a given historical text and help provide insights into the relation between metrical prominence and information structure. The contribution illustrates two case studies conducted on historical English texts: the Old English Beowulf and the Early Middle English Ormulum. I argue that integrating an investigation of meter into the study of both information structure and syntax can refine the methodological tools available to the historical linguist and philologist.


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