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Empirical foundations of poetic rhyme

Researchers

  • Dr Stefan Blohm, main researcher, Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University / Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics
  • Dr Roel Willems, supervisor, Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen / Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University / Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
  • Dr Jeroen Dera, researcher, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, Radboud University / Radboud Institute for Culture and History, Radboud University

Time frame of the project

2021-2023

Project description

Literary scholars have long speculated about the nature of rhyme’s cognitive and aesthetic effects. However, laying an empirical foundation for these speculations is a fairly recent endeavor and there remain considerable evidential gaps. The research project aims to broaden this empirical foundation, using methods from experimental psychology and psycholinguistics to address fundamental questions about rhyme that have gone unnoticed in prior research.

Keywords

Rhyme, poetic form, literary comprehension

Financier

This project is funded by the Radboud Excellence Initiative.

Partner Institute

MPI for Empirical Aesthetics

Contact

Dr. Stefan Blohm, stefan.blohm@ru.nl

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