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Ronelle Alexander: Milman Parry’s Singers and Their Audiences: Reconstructing the Performance Context

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, May 4, 2016. 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Stanford Humanities Center Board Room
Oral Literature and Literate Orality
Meeting Description: 

Professor Ronelle Alexander will talk about South Slavic epic singers and discuss the performance context underlying the formulation of the Parry-Lord theory. 

Her recent research interests include the problems of orality and ethnicity, Balkan Slavic dialectology, Balkan linguistics, language contact, historical accentology, clitic phenomena, Oral tradition, the Parry-Lord theory of oral composition, and South Slavic epic singers. Her current projects are as follows:

(1) An interactive database of Bulgarian dialectal speech, "Bulgarian Dialectology as Living Tradition" {

(2) Analysis of conversations between Milman Parry and South Slavic epic singers, in an attempt to reconstruct the performance context underlying the formulation of the Parry-Lord theory.

(3) Analysis of clitic sequences and accentual patterns in Balkan Slavic dialect material testing the hypothesis that word order and prosody have mutually interfluenced each other in the contact environment of the Balkans.