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Maxent grammars for the metrics of Shakespeare and Milton
We propose a new approach to metrics based on maxent grammars, which employ weighted constraints and assign well-formedness values to verse lines. Our approach provides an account of metricality andExpand
On the Richness of Paradigms, and the Insufficiency of Underlying Representations in Accounting for them
a restatement of ideas in Flemming (1995) Basic Mechanism: • All surface forms in the same paradigm are derived from the same underlying form. • Surface resemblances across the paradigm are thusExpand
Faithfulness and Componentiality in Metrics
The core ideas of Optimality Theory (Prince and Smolensky 1993) have been shown in earlier work (Hayes and MacEachern 1998) to be applicable to the study of poetic meter: metrical data areExpand
The Coinages in Seuss*
The children’s books of Dr. Seuss abound in words that the author invented. Inspection shows that these coinages are not arbitrary, raising the challenge of specifying the linguistic basis on whichExpand
The Affaire des placards, Polemical Humour, and the Sardonic Laugh
Working with Erasmus’s exploration of the sardonic laugh, this article begins with the placard of the notorious Affaire des placards of 17–18 October 1534. The aim is to uncover uses of polemicalExpand
Advertising the Self in Renaissance France: Lemaire, Marot, and Rabelais. Scott Francis. The Early Modern Exchange. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2019. xiv + 268 pp. $35.
she notes that, unlike the Spanish Jesuit theater of the day, this genre remained faithful to the tragic register valorized in humanist university circles. She goes on to demonstrate convincinglyExpand