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GUEST,Pseudonymous Folklore: Has the folk Process died? (168* d) RE: Folklore: Has the folk Process died? 17 Nov 19


I am not by any means denying the existence of oral traditions either relating to song or to stories. Partly that I think people sometimes claim more certainty in particular cases than particular facts will bear.

I am happy to believe that in some cases people try to replicate words they have heard exactly but fail,

and

that in other cases, 'riffing' on the words, using 'floating verses' (or 'commonplaces' a controversial term used within folklore) to do this. In so far as songs sometimes tell stories, well people do embroider stories. This is a problem affecting the data gathered by folklore researchers from their subjects: they seem not to factor into their discussion the fact that the person telling them stories is err, a story teller!

Hendrix: kiss the sky/kiss this guy

We thought for a long time that Harold was the Lord's name: it was certainly the name of a nice uncle we had.


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