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Meyer, David

Early Tahitian Poetics

Series:Pacific Linguistics [PL] 641

DE GRUYTER MOUTON

    99,95 € / $114.99 / £90.99*

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    Publication Date:
    November 2013
    Copyright year:
    2013
    ISBN
    978-1-61451-375-9
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    Tahiti has a rich history of oral tradition. Early visitors to the island transcribed recitations of myth, battle address, and land description. Until now their poetic organization has remained unexplored. From a computationally assisted analysis, this book describes early use of meter and parallelism and speculates on manner of composition. It sheds light on a poetic style unanticipated for Polynesia and remarkable among world poetries.

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    David Meyer, Spanish Fork, Utah, USA.

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