Title
Robust rhymes? The stability of authorial style in medieval narratives Robust rhymes? The stability of authorial style in medieval narratives
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Publication type
article
Publication
Amsterdam ,
Subject
Linguistics
Source (journal)
Journal of quantitative linguistics. - Amsterdam
Volume/pages
19(2012) :1 , p. 54-76
ISSN
0929-6174
1744-5035
ISI
000302081800003
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
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.
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