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dc.contributor.authorPaczkowski, Andrew Michael
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-22T05:30:36Z
dc.date.available2016-11-22T05:30:36Z
dc.date.issued2016-05
dc.identifier.otherpaczkowski_andrew_m_201605_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/paczkowski_andrew_m_201605_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/36295
dc.description.abstractThe Rigveda is a large collection of hymns that represents the oldest attestation of the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. The value of the corpus as a source of syntactic insight, however, is limited by its entirely poetic nature. Its syntax has been studied, but until we better understand how poetic style and grammaticality interact, we cannot know how much our syntactic observations of the corpus really tell us about the grammar of the language. The difficulty of investigating syntax in poetry has not yet been properly treated. On the one hand, poetry must be intelligible, since it is composed and understood by the speakers of a language; on the other hand, the structures found in poetry can differ significantly from those of usual speech, which is why syntacticians avoid poetry in formal studies. But for those working with limited data or languages attested only in poetry, drawing the line between syntax and style is a necessary step towards an accurate syntactic account. The goal of this work is to establish a distinction between grammaticality and intelligibility, and to formalize a system for identifying which patterns in the Rigveda are grammatical and which may have been consciously manipulated. This system allows us to draw more reliable conclusions about the syntax of the language by filtering noise out of the data.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectSyntactic reconstruction
dc.subjectGenerative syntax
dc.subjectMinimalism
dc.subjectPoetry
dc.subjectMeter
dc.subjectScansion
dc.subjectRigveda
dc.subjectCorpus
dc.subjectVedic
dc.subjectSanskrit
dc.subjectIndo-European
dc.titleTowards a new method for analyzing syntax in poetry
dc.title.alternativediscriminating grammatical patterns in the Rigveda
dc.typeDissertation
dc.description.degreePhD
dc.description.departmentLinguistics Program
dc.description.majorLinguistics
dc.description.advisorJared Klein
dc.description.committeeJared Klein
dc.description.committeeVera Lee-Schoenfeld
dc.description.committeeKeith Langston


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