Two or III Feet Apart: Oral Recitation, Roman Numerals, and Metrical Regularity in Capystranus

Two or III Feet Apart: Oral Recitation, Roman Numerals, and Metrical Regularity in Capystranus Neophilologus https://doi.org/10.1007/s11061-018-9567-7 Two or III Feet Apart: Oral Recitation, Roman Numerals, and Metrical Regularity in Capystranus John C. Ford Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract The Middle English verse romance, Capystranus, contains 32 numerical expressions in fewer than 580 lines, some of which are spelled out, others are in Roman numerals, while the rest are in mixed orthographical/numerical forms. Values range between one and 100,000 and contain up to four individual lexemes requiring as many as six syllables to be expressed orally. Although it was initially suspected that such complex expression might be silently ‘‘skipped over’’, the verse shows that the poem’s metrical regularity is dependent upon full vocal/acoustic realization of all numbers expressed in Roman notation. While this does not pre- clude silent reading, it does at least suggest the text was suitable for oral recitation. This paper shows how even complex Roman numerals were either suitable or suitably adapted for quick and easy interpretation. Propositions are provided con- cerning the choice of orthographical representation or Roman notation and its treatment. In this romance it seems that line length was less important than a number’s position in a line, as well as the ease http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Neophilologus Springer Journals

Two or III Feet Apart: Oral Recitation, Roman Numerals, and Metrical Regularity in Capystranus

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Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Comparative Linguistics; Philology; Comparative Literature; Syntax
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Neophilologus https://doi.org/10.1007/s11061-018-9567-7 Two or III Feet Apart: Oral Recitation, Roman Numerals, and Metrical Regularity in Capystranus John C. Ford Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract The Middle English verse romance, Capystranus, contains 32 numerical expressions in fewer than 580 lines, some of which are spelled out, others are in Roman numerals, while the rest are in mixed orthographical/numerical forms. Values range between one and 100,000 and contain up to four individual lexemes requiring as many as six syllables to be expressed orally. Although it was initially suspected that such complex expression might be silently ‘‘skipped over’’, the verse shows that the poem’s metrical regularity is dependent upon full vocal/acoustic realization of all numbers expressed in Roman notation. While this does not pre- clude silent reading, it does at least suggest the text was suitable for oral recitation. This paper shows how even complex Roman numerals were either suitable or suitably adapted for quick and easy interpretation. Propositions are provided con- cerning the choice of orthographical representation or Roman notation and its treatment. In this romance it seems that line length was less important than a number’s position in a line, as well as the ease

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