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Versification: Metrics in Practice. Abstracts for the 2016 NordMetrik Conference. 25th-27th May 2016.

Wednesday, May 25th

8.45–9.15 Registration and morning coffee

Finnish Literature Society, Hallituskatu 1, in the Great Hall (second floor) 

9.15–9.30 Opening words

Frog (University of Helsinki)
Satu Grünthal (University of Helsinki)

9.30–10.30 Keynote speaker

Chair: Satu Grünthal

Tomas Riad (University of Stockholm, Swedish Academy)

Meter as Improvement


10.30–11.00 COFFEE

11.00–12.30 Session I A

Chair: Frog

Mikael Males (University of Oslo)

Metrical Innovation in Skaldic Poetry c. 900–1220

Jean-Louis Aroui (Paris-8 University / CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research))

The French Decasyllable from the 14th to the 16th Century: A Meter Family

Daniel Galbraith (Stanford University)

A Constraint-Based Account of Faroese Ballad Meter


11.00–12.30 Session I B

Chair: Eila Stepanova

Maria-Kristiina Lotman (University of Tartu)

Mihhail Lotman (University of Tartu / Tallinn University)

Meter and Semantics: Subjectivity in Estonian Verse

Haukur Þorgeirsson (Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies)

Two Types of Poetic Traditions

Eva Lilja (Göteborg University)

Embodied Rhythm


12.30–14.00 LUNCH (Restaurant Piano, Rauhankatu 15)

14.00–15.00 Keynote speaker

Chair: Frog

Jesper Svenbro (Swedish Academy)

Stanzas: Practicing Sappo’s and Alcaeus’ Stanzas


15.00–15.30 COFFEE

15.30–17.00 Session II A

Chair: Eeva-Liisa Bastman

Hanna Karhu (University of Helsinki)

Finnish Rhymed Couplet Meter (rekilaulumitta) in Folk Songs and in Written Poetry – The Case of Otto Manninen’s Poems and Archival Material

Anna Rubtsova (Tallinn University)

Iambic Tetrameter of Vladislav Khodasevich

Tuula Rautio (University of Helsinki)

The Last Rhyme


15.30–17.00 Session II B

Chair: Kati Kallio

Stephen Evans (Church musician, The Parish of Laitila, Turku Archdiocese, Finland)

New Light on Versification in Ancient Greek Epic, Hymn and Lyric

Yelena Sesselja Helgadóttir (University of Iceland)

Formulaic Language in Minimal Metrical Requirements: The Case of Postmedieval Icelandic þulur

Frog (University of Helsinki)

Metrical Entanglement: The Interface of Language and Meter through Tradition


Picnic on the Island Tervasaari
Meeting at 18:00 at the end of Liisankatu, at this end of the bridge. See map.

Thursday, May 26th

9.15–9.30 COFFEE

9.30–10.30 Keynote speaker

Chair: Mihhail Lotman

Paul Kiparsky (Stanford University)

On the Functional Differentiation of Metrical Forms


10.30–11.00 COFFEE

11.00–12.30 Session III A

Chair: Mikael Males

Klaus Johan Myrvoll (University of Oslo)

Syllabic Quantity in Old Norse Metre

Jacqueline Ekgren (Ekgren Musikkinstitutt)

Accentual Verse and Century-Old Vocal Tradition Feature Dipodic Pattern: Pairs of Strong Stresses Govern Old English Poetry and Norwegian stev

Grünthal Satu (University of Helsinki)

Cvetanovic Dragana (University of Helsinki)

Huhtamäki Martina (University of Helsinki)

“Frá bygd til bý” by Swangah Dangah – A Contemporary Faroese Ballad


11.00–12.30 Session III B

Chair: Myfany Turpin

Rosalía Rodríguez-Vázquez (University of Vigo)

Galician Song Metrics in the Iberian Phonological Continuum

Lev Blumenfeld (Carleton University)

Textsetting as Strengthened Meter: Evidence from Georges Brassens

Nicolas Royer-Artuso (Laval University)

Ottoman ‘Aruz to Usul’ Textsetting Principles


12.30–14.00 LUNCH (Restaurant Piano, Rauhankatu 15)

14.00–15.30 Session IV A

Chair: Jarkko Niemi

Myfany Turpin (University of Sydney)

Multi-Modal Parallelism in Central Australian Song-Poetry

Janika Oras (Estonian Literary Museum)

Play with Structures in Seto Oral Singing Tradition: The Broken Line as a Model of Rhythmic Variation

Mari Sarv (Estonian Literary Museum)

The Relationship of Metre and Performance in Case of Folksongs


14.00–15.30 Session IV B

Chair: Sakari Katajamäki

Tobia Zanon (University of Padua)

Versification, Translation and Lyrical Traditions

Alice Martin (Werner Söderström Osakeyhtiö)

The Snark becomes Krauki. Translating Lewis Carroll’s Metre into Finnish

Sergei Bolotov (Russian State University for the Humanities)

Natalia Štakelberg’s law for Czech verse (especially iambic) and Kalevalamitta: some metric-comparative considerations


15.30–16.00 COFFEE

16.00–17.00 Session V A

Chair: Satu Grünthal

Eeva-Liisa Bastman (University of Helsinki)

Functions of Rhyme, Assonance and Alliteration in 18th Century Hymn Poetry

Marina Akimova (M. L. Lomonosov Moscow State University)

Some Observations on the Use of Verb Forms in the Poetry of Mikhail Kuzmin


16.00–17.00 Session V B

Chair: Luca Zuliani

Panu Heimonen (University of Helsinki)

Versification and Sibelius’s 2nd Symphony Op. 43

Marjo Suominen (University of Helsinki)

Versification in Handel’s Opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto: Surfaces of Performativity and Intertextuality


17:30 Evening reception at the Finnish Literature Society (Hallituskatu 1, Great Hall, 2nd floor)

Friday, May 27th

9.15–9.30 COFFEE

9.30–10.30 Keynote

Chair: Karina Lukin

Jarkko Niemi (University of Tampere)

Traditions of Versification among the Indigenous Ethnic Groups in the Northern Uralic Linguistic Area: Preliminary Results of a Comparative Structural Analysis of the Musical Styles

10.30–11.00 COFFEE

11.00–12.30 Session VI A


Eila Stepanova (University of Helsinki)

“Kallehen kandajazen kandamaista kaimatah”: The Variability and Flexibility of “Poetic Strings” in Karelian Laments

Elena Jugay (Vologda Institute of Business / Russian State University for the Humanities)

The Phonetic Organization of Russian Folk Lamentations

Maria V. Stanyukovich (Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Science)

Galina B. Sytchenko (M. I. Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatoire)

Poetic Language and Music of the hudhud ni nosi, a Yattuka Funeral Chant, the Philippines

 11.00–12.30 Session VI B

Chair: Mari Sarv

Taive Särg (Estonian Folklore Archives, Tartu)

Recreating the Metre: Verses of More than Eight Syllables in Estonian regilaul

Varun de Castro-Arrazola (Leiden University / Meertens Institute)

Final Strictness and the Detection of Deviants in Pseudo-Verse Lines

Vera Polilova (Moscow State University, Institute of World Culture)

Genesis of Russian taktovik: The Actual State of the Problem


12.30–14.00 LUNCH (Restaurant Piano, Rauhankatu 15)

14.00–15.00 Keynote speaker

Chair: Lotte Tarkka

Kati Kallio (Finnish Literature Society (SKS))

Performance, Music and Meter in Finnic Oral Poetry

15.00–15.30 COFFEE

15.30–16.30 Session VII A

Chair: Marjo Suominen

Luca Zuliani (University of Padova)

Music and Text in Contemporary Italy

Eszter Éva Hörcher (Holocaust Memorial Center, Hungary)

On the Way Words and Melodies Meet: Concerning the Musical and Linguistic System of Relationships in 20th-Century Hungarian Poetry


15.30–16.30 Session VII B

Chair: Satu Grünthal

Erika Laamanen (University of Helsinki)

The Metrical Evolution of Lauri Viita’s Poetry

Hans Nollet (KU Leuven)

A Case Study: The Diachrony of the Dactylic Hexameter in Justus Lipsius’s Poetry

16.30–16.45 COFFEE

16.45–17.00 Closing discussion