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Re: Language Change

Date:Thursday, January 6, 2000, 21:25
> -----Original Message----- > From: Constructed Languages List [mailto:CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU]On > Behalf Of Patrick Dunn > Sent: Tuesday, January 4, 2000 11:54 PM > To: CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU > Subject: Re: language change > > > On Tue, 4 Jan 2000, Nik Taylor wrote: > > > > This, paradoxically, can de-emphasize the importance of rhyme > > > > I don't see why that would be a paradox - poetry involves things that > > aren't part of prose. If rhymes occur all the time, it would lose its > > significance. > > *nods* I meant that it seems, at first glance, somewhat of a paradox. > But of course it stands to reason (and that, btw, is I believe the > textbook explanation of forms like the sestina -- when many words end in > -o or -e, it's not very impressive to rhyme them). :)
Hmm. Maybe I don't know the textbook definition of rhyme, but it seems odd to me to say all words ending in -o, etc., rhyme, at least when the -o is unstressed. E.g., <postino> and <andiamo> would never strike me as rhyming. Eric Christopherson