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Title
Robust rhymes? The stability of authorial style in medieval narratives
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Abstract
We explore the application of stylometric methods developed for modern texts to rhymed medieval narratives (Jacob van Maerlant and Lodewijk van Velthem, ca. 1260-1330). Because of the peculiarities of medieval text transmission, we propose to use highly frequent rhyme words for authorship attribution. First, we shall demonstrate that these offer important benefits, being relatively content-independent and well-spread over texts. Subsequent experimentation shows that correspondence analyses can indeed detect authorial differences using highly frequent rhyme words. Finally, we demonstrate for Maerlant's oeuvre that this highly frequent rhyme words' stylistic stability should not be exaggerated since their distribution significantly correlates with the internal structure of that oeuvre.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of quantitative linguistics. - Amsterdam
Publication
Amsterdam : 2012
ISSN
0929-6174
1744-5035 [online]
Volume/pages
19:1(2012), p. 54-76
ISI
000302081800003
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UAntwerpen
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Last edited 21.06.2017
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