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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. https://dx.doi.org/10.1075/ltba.20011.xu||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.||URI:||https://hdl.handle.net/10356/161993||ISSN:||0731-3500||DOI:||10.1075/ltba.20011.xu||Rights:||© 2021 John Benjamins Publishing Company. All rights reserved.||Fulltext Permission:||none||Fulltext Availability:||No Fulltext|
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