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By Jonathan Roper

ISBN-10: 0230232647

ISBN-13: 9780230232648

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 continues to be an unexamined phenomenon. This pioneering quantity takes alliteration as its crucial concentration throughout numerous languages and domain names.

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But there are also connotative implications, since X’s Bush, like X’s Tree or Cross, is the kind of name that often marks liminal and haunted places. The beggars are being cast in the outcast role of ghosts or suicides. Quinn quotes24 the memories of children in Tickenham who would scurry past the Devil’s Hole where travellers squatted, unsure whether it was the tramps or Satan that they were most frightened of. The Devil plays many parts in place-name formation. 25 But the theme of alliteration runs through all types.

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The coinage of elaborate alliterative names for supernatural creatures – for beings which would never, one supposes, have impinged on the human world at all if they had not been called by name – shows how much more there is to onomastics than a straightforward need for names to define referents. Naming is a rhetorical process which can still take place regardless of the material absence of anything to be named. Pudding Pie Pightle was material enough, and so were all the other soggy, stony, lumpy, hungry and lonely fields which had been marked out with alliterative names by farmworkers.

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