Verbal art of the Fon (Benin)

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Verbal art of the Fon (Benin)

Title: Verbal art of the Fon (Benin)
Author: Aalders Grool, Marjolijn Cornelia
Publisher: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag : Köln
Issue Date: 2013-10-16
Keywords: Verbal art
Fun (Benin)
Voodoo
Performance
Storyboard
Timing
Stories
Discourse
Style
Abstract: This publication aims at the analysis of the performance of a corpus of Fongbe stories that I collected in three villages in the south of Benin in 1976 and 1977. The corpus consists of 37 stories (57.000 words). The stories aim at children’s education. Seven stories in my corpus are similar, although told by different performers in different villages. These stories stage an identical topic, central participant and pair of agents. However, the plot is different. The analyses give insight in the degree of improvisation. The corpus consists of dramatic and comic stories. The basic topic of the stories is the diviner’s consultation of the ‘guardian spirit’ through Fa. The statistical analyses of the narrative discourse show a constant speech rate, with the exception of rhetorical highlights and songs. The graphics show that the performers use a pattern of pauses that functions as content marker. The performers use a single particle as the clause-final topic as well as a definite marker of a noun. The framework of the story is rudimentary, although several grammatical functions, lexical markers and rhetorical phenomena obligatorily convey parts of the plot. On the other hand, the performer uses the storyboard technique to structure the performance. “Verbal art of the Fon (Benin)” is published by Ruediger Koeppe Verlag P.O. Box 45 06 43 50881 Cologne
Germany
Description: Promotor: M.P.G.M. Mous, Co-Promotor: F.K. Ameka
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Aalders Grool, M.C., 2013, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Series/Report no.: Verbal Art and Documentary Literature in African Languages;32
ISBN: 9783896452887
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/21958
 

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