By Jonathan Roper
Alliteration happens in a wide selection of contexts in stress-initial languages, together with Icelandic, Finnish and Mongolian. it may be present in English from Beowulf to The solar. however, alliteration is still an unexamined phenomenon. This pioneering quantity takes alliteration as its imperative concentration throughout various languages and domain names.
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In London, Silver Street appears among medieval streetnames. Stow15 mentions it as ‘Siluer streete, (I thinke of siluer smithes dwelling there)’. This suggests that even in his time the derivation was opaque, but his etymology does at least make sense in a city whose streets were able to support eponymous communities of candlewrights, cordwainers, needlers, paternosterers and other specialist trades. 1630) at Edmonton (PN Mx 68). Billockby in coastal Norfolk, with its Silver Street recorded in 1595, makes a poor showing as a centre of the jeweller’s trade; this is an isolated lane in an area of deserted medieval villages (PN Nf 2:51).
This, there was a fair bit of consultation, I mean, nobody took this decision lightly and rightly so, eh, it harks back to the bad old days but it was essential, in the short term hopefully, for the security of the community who are suffering sectarian attacks. Here is another example with a different idiom but displaying the same final position in context: ‘She had a personal relationship with God … but she’s lost her religion. It was because of all the scandal in the church. ’15 As illustrated, the stress usually falls on the last noun and on the word with the matching sound.
1913. On Vowel Alliteration in the Old Germanic Languages. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Cronan, Dennis. 1986. ‘Alliterative Rank in Old English Poetry’, Studia Neophilologica, 58: 145–58. Dart, Tom. 2008. ‘Heartaches by the Number as Flame Dies for an Old Romantic’. The Times, 5 September: 92–3. Druckerman, Pamela. 2007. Lust in Translation: the Rules of Infidelity from Tokyo to Tennessee. New York: Penguin. Dury, Richard. 1996. English Alliterative Phrases. A Linguistic Study and a Lexicon, Part 1.
Alliteration in Culture by Jonathan Roper