The present volume unites fifteen studies on language and meter. For the most part, the articles began as lectures delivered during the interdisciplinary conference on "Language and Meter in Diachrony and Synchrony," which was hosted in Munich from September 2nd-4th, 2013 by the Department of Historical and Indo-European Linguistics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. The study of language and meter has profited from numerous advances over the last several hundred years. Scholars have produced accurate editions of poetic texts, added linguistic theory to description, utilized quantitative methods to test hypotheses, and provided descriptions and analyses of a relatively broad range of metrical traditions. To quote an influential handbook article on meter (Brogan 1993: 781), "Linguistics, texts, theory, and data- these are the essential preliminaries. At the turn of the 21st c., pretty much everything still remains to be done." In our view, the contributions to this volume make a respectable amount of headway on numerous fronts. In the following overview, we intend to give a sense of the breadth of topics and traditions treated in the contributions as well as their relationship to previous scholarship.

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Gunkel, Dieter and Olav Hackstein. "Introduction." In Language and Meter, edited by Dieter Gunkel and Olav Hackstein, 1-6. Leiden: Brill, 2018.