Activation and Preservation: The Interdependence of Text and Performance in an Oral Tradition
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Very simply and generally, the function of written texts in our culture (and hence the source of the conduit metaphor) is the transmission of information. The writer of a text may have a multitude of reasons for writing the text, and the text, accordingly, may have as many purposes and functions; but stripped to its bare essence, a text is a channel through which information of some sort flows from the writer to the reader.--Information
Oral Tradition, 8/1 (1993): 5-20.
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