The Semantics of Canonical Parallelism: Oral Composition among Rotinese Poets, Eastern Indonesia

  • Fox, James (PI)

    Project: Research

    Project Details


    Eastern Indonesia, on Australia s doorstep, has the world s largest number of still vibrant traditions of oral composition in parallelism the formal pairing of words, much of it in strictly canonical format. This project aims at a fundamental understanding of such oral compositions from the island of Roti. It will add strategic new material to a considerable corpus of ritual texts and will apply new methods of network analysis to identify underlying mechanisms of composition applicable to other oral traditions. A complete collection of texts, with translations and annotations, two monographs and a comprehensive lexicon will locate Australia at the centre of international comparative research on oral literature.
    Effective start/end date1/01/0631/05/10


    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$135,000.00


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