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Comparative Issues

  1. Introduction (PDF, 381KB)
  2. Roman Jakobson and the comparative study of parallelism (PDF, 573KB)
  3. Trajectories in the continuing study of parallelism (PDF, 274KB)
  4. Semantic parallelism in Rotenese ritual language (PDF, 2.6MB)
  5. ‘Our ancestors spoke in pairs’ (PDF, 2.0MB)
  6. On binary categories and primary symbols (PDF, 3.6MB)
  7. Category and complement (PDF, 255KB)
  8. Exploring oral formulaic language (PDF, 431KB)

The Traditional Oral Canon

  1. Genealogies of the Sun and Moon (PDF, 1.5MB)
  2. Manu Kama’s road, Tepa Nilu’s path (PDF, 5.6MB)
  3. Genealogy and topogeny (PDF, 2.1MB)
  4. Blood-red millet: An origin narrative (PDF, 1.2MB)
  5. Admonitions of the ancestors: Giving voice to the deceased (PDF, 225KB)
  6. To the aroma of the name: The celebration of a ritual of rock and tree (PDF, 430KB)

The Christian Oral Canon

  1. The appropriation of Biblical knowledge in the creation of new narratives of origin (PDF, 351KB)
  2. Adam and Eve on the island of Rote (PDF, 302KB)
  3. The Rotenese sermon as a linguistic performance (PDF, 2.3MB)
  4. Present and future research (PDF, 5.0MB)

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Malesi Recitation 1978 - Origin of Rice and Millet

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A video recording of Malesi's 1978 recitation of "The Origin of Rice and Millet"