Ethnopoetics, Oral-Formulaic Theory, and Editing Texts
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"Oral-formulaic theory and ethnopoetics are both concerned with composition in the course of performance, and with constraints that must be met in doing so. In the epics and other poetry studied in terms of oral formulaic theory, the constraint is a metrical line, commonly a sung metrical line. In oral narratives the constraint is commonly a relation among lines."--Constraints within and along lines.
Oral Tradition, 9/2 (1994): 330-370.