(370) Syllabic Identity of Verse Lines in Russian Long Poems: Skinner’s Hypothesis

Sergey Andreev

GLOTTOMETRICSIssue 48, pp 1 – 8 (2020)


The article is devoted to the analysis of distances between identical lines in 10 Russian long poems. The identity is measured by the number of motifs which are modeled in each line from syllable sequences. The data obtained were used to test Skinner’s hypothesis and to analyze the distribution of distances between identical lines. Exponential function and exponential function with added 1 were used to fit the distribution of distances between lines. The results proved Skinner’s hypothesis and showed good fitting of the formulas.


Vverse, line, syllables, motif, exponential function, Skinner’s hypothesis.