The Structure of Verse

Formal, experimental and computational approaches

19–20 March 2015

Leiden University

Organizing committee:

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

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Thursday 19 March

Where: Lipsius building (Cleveringaplaats 1), room 147.

Special topic: Encoding and decoding verse: structure and perception of metered poetry.


09:30 Nigel Fabb
The metrical line in working memory

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Kristin Hanson
Metrical Tension Revisited

11:30 Tomas Riad
Meter as improvement

12:00 François Dell
Meters, performance templates, and their interactions

12:30 Poster session (& lunch break)

14:30 Romain Benini
The metrical ambivalence of lines in 19th century French songs

15:00 Jean-Louis Aroui
A Template for a Classical Arabic Meter: the Kamil

15:30 Tatyana Skulacheva
Verse and prose: linguistic regularities which differentiate them and their possible influence over human brain

16:00 Coffee break

16:30 Svetlana Bochaver & Dmitri Sitchinava
The Spanish Verse Corpus

17:00 General discussion

19:00 (approx) Social dinner at Oudt Leyden (Steenstraat 49)

Friday 20 March

Where: Lipsius building (Cleveringaplaats 1), room 147.

Special topic: Encoding verse digitally: how to build, use and connect corpora.


09:30 Kevin Ryan
Expected frequencies in verse

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Dan Brown
The Rhyme Analyzer toolkit, and its use in analysis of lyrics and poetry

11:30 Petr Plecháč & Varun deCastro-Arrazola
XML schema proposal for encoding verse digitally

12:00 Marlein van Raalte
The Phenomenon of Bridge in Greek Stichic Verse

12:30 Lunch break

14:30 Stefano Versace, Lilla Magyari & Mark Dingemanse
VerseTyp 2.0: A Database of Verse Forms in the Languages of the World

15:00 Michael Cade-Stewart
Using MARY text-to-speech to determine Rhythm and Metre in English Poetry

15:30 Paolo Bravi
The genetics of oral texts. Empirical findings and ethnographic investigation in the field of Sardinian improvised poetry

16:00 Coffee break

16:30 Varun deCastro-Arrazola
A repository of verse templates

17:00 General discussion

Poster session

When: Thursday 19 March, 13:00.

Where: Lipsius building, ground floor, between rooms 003 and 005.


Klemens Bobenhausen & Benjamin Hammerich   
Metricalizer3: Automated Metrical Analysis for German Language

Andrew Cooper   
A moraic analysis of the Old English metrical line

Kristen de Joseph   
Rig-Vedic metrics: A constraint-based approach

Pablo Gervás   
Working on the Automatic Scansion of Verse

Elena González-Blanco & Clara I. Martínez Cantón   
ReMetCa and DIREPO: Poetry standardization through a common ontology

Megan Hartman   
Gnomic Meter in The Wanderer and The Seafarer

Tetiana Shkurko   
English vers libre prosody (auditory analysis results)

Olga Sozinova   
Rhyme properties in the material of Marina Tsvetaeva

Useful information

Getting to Leiden

Leiden is a relatively small city in the west of The Netherlands, between the capital Amsterdam and The Hague, the Dutch seat of Government. For international visitors, it is easily reached by air, railway and road.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the main international airport of the Netherlands, and a major air hub in Europe. Taking the train is the best means of getting to Leiden from the airport. Trains depart from Schiphol Airport to Leiden every 10 to 15 minutes. The trains to Leiden usually depart from tracks 5 or 6. Travelling to Leiden will take about 20 minutes. An OV chip card, which you need to travel by public transport in the Netherlands, can be bought at a ticket dispenser (in front of the stairs leading to the tracks) or at the booking office near Schiphol Plaza. A 2nd class ticket costs 5,60 euros; 1st class costs 9,50 euros. You can check the train schedule on

Getting to the university

The workshop will be held in the Lipsius building, the main building of the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University. The address is: Cleveringaplaats 1. The Lipsius building can easily be reached by foot (about 15 minutes) from the main train station of Leiden.


Hotels are easy to find in Leiden. We listed some hotels and B&B’s that are convenient to the conference venue.

’Walking time’ indicates the time it takes to walk from the hotel to the main conference venue (the Lipsius building: Cleveringsplaats 1).

Hotel De Doelen, walking time: 4 mins.

Hotel Nieuw Minerva, walking time: 8 mins.

Ibis Hotel Leiden, walking time: 10 mins.

Best Western City Hotel, walking time: 11 mins.

Goldon Tulip, walking time: 14 mins.

Huys van Leyden - Boutique Hotel, walking time: 17 mins.

Rembrandt Hotel Leiden, walking time: 8 mins.

Hotel Mayflower, walking time: 8 mins.

Residence 102, walking time: 18 mins.

Bed & Beschuit, walking time: 12 mins.

More information can be found on the website of Leiden Visitor Centre.

Access to the Internet

During the conference it will be possible to access the Internet with your laptop, tablet or smart phone. If you have access to Eduroam you can access this network also at our university. If not, you can log on to our wireless network by using an activation code. As a network you should select ‘Leiden University’. When you open the browser, you will be directed to a log on page of LUWA or the Quarantaine network. On this page you can choose the option: ‘I am a guest with an activation code’ to log on.

You can ask one of the organizers for an activation code.

Visitor Centre Leiden

Address: Stationsweg 41

Phone: 071–5166000

Opening hours:

  • Monday/Friday: 7:00 – 19:00
  • Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00
  • Sunday: 11:00 – 15:00

You can go by the Visitor Centre if you are looking for souvenirs, maps, postcards, gift cards, maps with city walks, information on public transport, etc.

Public transport


Most buses leave from the bus station in front of Leiden Central Station. If you want to plan your bus trip, you might want to use the website, or the timetables at the bus station.


From Leiden Central Station you can take trains in the direction of for instance Amsterdam, Utrecht and The Hague. The website allows you to plan your trip in detail.

Keep in mind that you will need an OV chip card if you want to use the public transport, which you can buy at the Visitor Centre or at the train station.


Taxi Centrale Leiden (TCL)
Phone: + 31 71 210 02 10

Taxi Wielkens
Phone: + 31 71 589 05 03

Evening Shop

Night Market, Breestraat 77

Corner Supermarket, Breestraat 54


Etos Drogisterij, Donkersteeg 11

Etos Drogisterij, Stationsplein 3H


The city of Leiden hosts many wonderful restaurants. If you feel like going on an adventure, but at the same time you also don’t want to get lost, you can consider walking through streets like: Kloksteeg, Heresteeg, Nieuwe Rijn, Beestenmarkt, and Noordeinde. In these streets you will find numerous restaurants.

We also made a small selection of some of our favorites. For six restaurants, you will find the address, opening hours, and an indication of the price of a main course. Have a wonderful evening!

  • Fresh ‘n Fast (FF), Kloksteeg 7
    open: 17:00 – 22:00, tel: + 3171 514 1071
    price range: 10–15 main course
    * Nice salads and burgers
  • Jacketz, Maarsmansteeg 10
    open: 12:00 – 22:00, tel: + 31 71 513 5506
    price range: ± 10 main course
    * Wonderful baked potatoes
  • Oudt Leyden Pancake House, Steenstraat 49
    open: 10:30 – 21:30, tel: + 31 71 513 3144
    price range: ± 10 main course
    * Just have delicious Dutch pancakes in a cozy restaurant
  • Restaurant Rembrandt, Nieuwe Beestenmarkt 10
    open: 17:00 – 22:00, tel: + 31 71 514 4233
    price range: 15–20 main course
    * Eat and check out some paintings by Rembrandt
  • De la Soul, Morsstraat 60
    open: 17:30 – 22:00 (Mo. closed) , tel: +3171512 5671
    price range: ± 10 per course
    * Enjoy the music, and have some soul food
  • Verboden Toegang (Eng: Forbidden to Access), Kaiserstraat 7
    open: 18:00, tel: + 31 71 514 3388
    price range: 15 – 20 main course
    * Do you feel like doing something that is not allowed? Take the easy way, and have a delicious meal here.