AuthorMahdavi Mazdeh, Mohsen
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Dept Linguist
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PublisherInforma UK Limited
CitationMahdavi Mazdeh, M. (2020). Linguistic Change and the Future of Metrical Persian Poetry. Iranian Studies, 1-32.
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AbstractThe metrical requirements of Persian poetry are highly restrictive. Traditionally, the rigidity of the metrical system was compensated for by a high degree of flexibility in the poetic language in terms of lexicon, phonology, and morpho-syntax. Using statistical data from different periods of Persian poetry, this paper argues that the degree of flexibility of the language used in metrical Persian poetry has been in constant decrease, moving towards what may potentially be a language crisis for metrical Persian poetry. This study traces the linguistic and meta-linguistic origins of the initial flexibility of the poetic language and its subsequent change, suggesting that some of the recent trends in Persian poetry may be viewed in part as reactions to this potential crisis.
Note18 month embargo; published online: 25 August 2020
VersionFinal accepted manuscript