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Title: Noun-epithets of Dongba and Daba oral traditions
Authors: Xu, Duoduo
Keywords: Humanities::Linguistics
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Xu, D. (2021). Noun-epithets of Dongba and Daba oral traditions. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, 44(1), 133-139.
Journal: Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area
Abstract: Dongba and Daba chants represent two of the few oral traditions still surviving in the world. In both traditions, the main category of formulaic expressions consists of traditional noun-epithets describing spirits. Dongba and Daba spirits can be classified into five categories, of which the noun-epithets used to describe them share similar features. Another significant percentage of noun-epithets portray figures of animals. Dongba and Daba chants are both chanted in odd-numbered metric patterns in which noun-epithets are adapted to the metric context. Besides the core expression (often a tetra-syllabic compound), several monosyllabic words not affecting the core meaning may be inserted as optional morphemes to modify the number of syllables in the noun-epithet. This study provides a systematic philological analysis of the vast repertoire of Daba and Dongba noun-epithets. Comparative mythology and comparative linguistics combine to present a comprehensive description of the stylistic features of Daba and Dongba noun-epithets.
ISSN: 0731-3500
DOI: 10.1075/ltba.20011.xu
Rights: © 2021 John Benjamins Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Fulltext Permission: none
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