2004–05 Belgian First Division

The 2004-05 season of the Belgian First Division began on August 6, 2004 and ended on May 23, 2005. Club Brugge became champions on May 15, 2005 after a decisive game against long-time rivals Anderlecht; the season was full of suspense as the champions and the relegated teams were only known on the 33rd matchday. Furthermore, the 3rd place had to be decided on a fact that had not occurred recently; these teams were promoted from the second division at the start of the season: FC Brussels Oostende These teams were relegated to the second division at the end of the season: Oostende Mons As usual, the two giants were occupying the first two places after 5 matches. Brugge was 1st and stayed on top until the end; the Brussels side has indeed failed to show consistency under the management of Hugo Broos, fired after a 0-0 draw at Gent. Under new coach, Anderlecht had a run of good form. Linked to the poor results of rivals Brugge, this situation led to a 6-point difference between the two clubs after 32 matches.

The Brugge-Anderlecht game was thus decisive for both clubs. It ended with a 2-2 draw, sufficient for the West Flemish. Brugge title is due to its exceptional regularity against smaller teams as is shown on the following table: 1. Anderlecht 6 13 2. Standard 6 8 3. Brugge 6 6 4. Genk 6 5 As Anderlecht and Brugge ran away with the first two places, the battle for Europe was consisted in the battle for UEFA Cup spots. Four teams were serious candidates: Standard, Genk and Gent; the latter two were soon dismissed. Before the last matchday, Standard was two points ahead of Genk but they lost their advantage after a 1-1 draw at Ostend while Genk earned a 3-1 win at Cercle Brugge; as both teams now had the same number of points and wins, a test-match had to be played. Standard won the first match 3-1 but lost the away match 0-3 and lost the European ticket for next season. After their poor early results, five teams were predicted to fight against relegation: Sint-Truiden and newcomers FC Brussels and Oostende along with Mons.

Beveren joined the list after a poor final run. Before the 33rd matchday, the table read: 12. Lierse 32 35 13. Sint-Truiden 32 33 14. Beveren 32 31 15. Mouscron 32 30 16. Brussels 32 30 17. Mons 32 26 18. Oostende 32 26Lierse and Sint-Truiden were saved. Mons and Oostende had to win or draw to maintain suspense but they both lost. 2004-05 in Belgian football website - Archive

Generative metrics

Generative metrics is the collective term for three distinct theories of verse structure advanced between 1966 and 1977. Inspired by the example of Noam Chomsky's Syntactic Structures and Chomsky and Morris Halle's The Sound Pattern of English, these theories aim principally at the formulation of explicit linguistic rules that will generate all possible well-formed instances of a given meter and exclude any that are not well-formed. T. V. F. Brogan notes that of the three theories, "ll three have undergone major revision, so that each exists in two versions, the revised version being preferable to the original in every case." The earliest theory of generative metrics is that put forth by Morris Halle and Samuel Jay Keyser — first in 1966 with respect to Chaucer's iambic pentameter, in its full and revised form in 1971's English Stress: Its Forms, Its Growth, Its Role in Verse. Halle and Keyser conceive of the iambic pentameter line as a series of 10 Weak and Strong positions: W S W S W S W S W S but to accommodate acephalous lines, feminine and triple endings, use this full formulation: S W S W S W S W S where the first Weak position is optional, the final 2 positions are optional.

They define their signal concept, the Stress Maximum, as a stressed syllable "located between two unstressed syllables in the same syntactic constituent within a line of verse". The fit between syllables and the positions they occupy are evaluated by these 2 hierarchical sets of correspondence rules: A position corresponds to either 1) a single syllable, or 2) a sonorant sequence incorporating at most two vowels. AND 1) Stressed syllables occur in S positions and in all S positions. Rules are evaluated in order. If rules -1 or -1 or -2 are broken, this indicates increasing complexity of the line, but if -2 or -3 are broken, the line is unmetrical. An example of Halle and Keyser's scansion is: / / / M / How many bards gild the lapses of time! W S W S W S W S W S Stresses are indicated by a slash "/" and Stress Maxima by "M". A single underline indicates a violation of -1. In addition, the Stress Maximum "lap", since it occurs on a W position, violating -3, should get a third underline, rendering the line unmetrical.

Joseph C. Beaver, Dudley L. Hascall, others have attempted to modify or extend the theory; the Halle–Keyser system has been criticized because it can identify passages of prose as iambic pentameter. Generative metrists pointed out that poets have treated non-compound words of more than one syllable differently from monosyllables and compounds of monosyllables. Any weak syllable may be stressed as a variation if it is a monosyllable, but not if it is part of a polysyllable except at the beginning of a line or a phrase, thus Shakespeare wrote: × × / / × / × / × / For the four winds blow in from every coast but wrote no lines of the form of: × × / / × / × / × / As gazelles leap a never-resting brook The stress patterns are the same, in particular, the weak third syllable is stressed in both lines. Pope followed such a rule Shakespeare strictly, Milton much less, Donne not at all—which may be why Ben Jonson said Donne deserved hanging for "not keeping of accent". Derek Attridge has pointed out the limits of the generative approach.

Generative metrists fail to recognize that a weak syllable in a strong position will be pronounced differently, i.e. “promoted” and so no longer "weak." A Distinctive Feature Analysis of verse was advanced by Karl Magnuson and Frank Ryder in 1970 and revised in 1971, based on their earlier work on German verse, deriving from phonological distinctive feature principles of the Prague School. They propose that iambic pentameter consists of a 10-position line of Odd and Even slots: O E O E O E O E O E However, in other meters these slots retain their identities of odd = "not metrically prominent" and = "metrically prominent", so that trochaic tetrameter has the structure: E O E O E O E O They label each syllable in the verse line, according to the presence or absence of 4 linguistic features: Word Onset, Strong, Pre-Strong; each type of position has an "expected" set of values for these features: Thus: O E O E O E O E O E WO + - + + + - - + + + WK - + + - - - + - + + ST + - - + + + - + - - PS - - - - + - - - - - Batter my heart, three-person

List of Firebird characters

Firebird Angelo: Netaian noble and wastling Brennen Caldwell: telepath, Federate officer, Firebird's husband Great Speaker/Majestic Singer: God of the Ehretan people Lee Danton: Netaia's governor during Federate occupation Aldana Spieth: master telepath specializing in medicine Asea Caldwell: wife of Tarance, assassinated in Fusion Fire Brit Caldwell: son of Tarance and Asea, assassinated in Fusion Fire Damalcon Dardy: Federate officer, friend of Brennen Destia Caldwell: daughter of Tarance and Asea, assassinated in Fusion Fire Kether Caldwell: son of Tarance and Asea, assassinated in Fusion Fire Kiel Caldwell: son of Firebird and Brennen Kinnor Caldwell: son of Firebird and Brennen Shelevah Mattason: Federate weapons instructor who poses as Firebird's bodyguard in Crown of Fire Tarance Caldwell: doctor, estranged brother of Brennen, assassinated by Shuhr agents in Fusion Fire Uri Harris: Federate interrogation specialist who poses as Brennen's bodyguard in Crown of Fire Corey Bowman: Firebird's friend and fellow wastling, killed in the attack on Veroh in Firebird Daithi Drake-Angelo: Carradee's prince-consort Iarla Angelo: queen of Netaia after Carradee's abdication Kelling Friel: captain of the redjackets Liach Stele: wastling, executed for incorrigible behavior Siwann Angelo: queen of Netaia.