To accomplish this Tokita applies the methodology of Yokomichi's structural model, Parry-Lord oral-formulaic
theory, and Machida's cross-genre research method, so that the book examines the literature and music of each work while the accompanying audio CD presents the performing styles.
Subjects covered in the text include conducting epic fieldwork, the oral-formulaic
theory, the oral epic in performance, Homeric performance, and the Iliad and the Odyssey in context, among others.
The major tools for the present research were the theory of Oral-Formulaic
Composition and insights from corpus linguistics and lexicography.
Lindbeck proposes to employ methods drawn from folklore studies, oral-formulaic
studies, and form criticism, following in the paths of Dan Ben-Amos and Eli Yassif.
A good English textbook is West's Greek Metre, though note that it focuses more on literary verse, and on the historical development of poetic forms, than on oral-formulaic
verse or analysis.
Other topics considered include the structure of the manuscript, oral-formulaic
theory and Old Norse poetry, and eddic verse and other Germanic poetry.
The opening essays set the volume firmly in the context of English studies, and this emphasis is continued in the third essay by Andy Orchard, who uses computer-generated concordances to reveal significant and conscious intertextual borrowings between Cynewulf' Elene and the Old English Judith, which undermine the relevance of oral-formulaic
document the broad reach of the so-called Oral-Formulaic
The theories of oral-formulaic
composition and concepts of orality in the medieval period are used as final complements in this section on pre-history.
3) Approaches--folkloristic and anthropological--to the mechanics of oral transmission are reviewed in Ruth Finnegan, Oral Traditions and the Verbal Arts: A Guide to Research Practices (London: Routledge, 1992); and John Miles Foley, Oral-Formulaic
Theory and Research: An Introduction and Annotated Bibliography (New York: Garland, 1985).
This encounter shaped his subsequent work, not only his many explorations of orality and literacy's interactions in medieval music, but also his involvement with scholarship in the oral-formulaic
field (here specifically chap.
Ong would likely observe that while exhibiting something of oral antagonism in its disagreement with Pittacus and something of oral-formulaic
practice in its sententious content, it nevertheless functions as an item of written expression and, as such, shows considerable complexity in its grammatical procedures and inferential requirements.