The Structure of Verse

formal, experimental and computational approaches

Short description

These are interesting times for the study of formal aspects of verse. On the one hand, many new techniques are being employed to uncover new kinds of data, for instance experimentally, or by use of large corpora. On the other hand, many different kinds of conceptual frameworks are brought in to apply on such data, ranging from cognitive psychology to literary analysis, and from linguistic theory to acoustics. Old debates revive and new questions arise. How can we study verse forms? How can we create a typology of forms across languages and cultures? What explains universals and variation within this typology? How can we make sure that our data can be exchanged most easily across researchers?

In this perspective, we are pleased to invite you to the workshop The Structure of Verse, organized at Leiden University in the framework of the Horizon project Knowledge and Culture. The two-day workshop aims at bringing together scholars and graduate students interested in formal aspects of poetry, song, chant and related phenomena, including typological, experimental and computational approaches.



The workshop will comprise two distinct albeit connected sessions. Here is the programme.


You can find a list of places to stay in Leiden here.

Invited speakers

Nigel Fabb, University of Strathclyde
Kevin M. Ryan, Harvard University


The workshop will take place in the lovely town of Leiden, the Netherlands, which is at about 20 minutes distance from Amsterdam Airport.

Full description

A more detailed text for the two workshops can be found here and here; There is also a a separate pdf file.

Organizing committee:

Varun deCastro-Arrazola
Anne-Rose Haverkamp
Marc van Oostendorp
Teresa Proto

Contact: Varun deCastro-Arrazola