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Ethnopoetics refers to poetic traditions which are typically seen as tribal or otherwise ethnic by the Western world (or indeed between any ethnoculturally different peoples). Within the field of linguistics, it refers to the study of linguistic use and structure in oral narration, including poetry, prose narratives, such as folk tales, ceremonial speech and other forms of extended utterances. It may also refer to the act of hearing poetries of perceived distant people, often this distance is in terms of time. Examples are the poetry of Native Americans, the Native Hawaiian Pidgin, and tribal Africans.

Bibliography

  • Hymes, Dell H. (1981). "In vain I tried to tell you": Essays in Native American ethnopoetics. Studies in Native American literature (No. 1); University of Pennsylvania publications in conduct and communication. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 0-8122-7806-2 (hbk); ISBN 0-8122-1117-0 (pbk); ISBN 0-5851-7266-8 (electronic bk.).
  • Hymes, Dell H. (2003). Now I know only so far: Essays in ethnopoetics. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0-8032-2407-9 (hbk); ISBN 0-8032-7335-5 (pbk).
  • Tedlock, Dennis. (1972). Finding the center: Narrative poetry of the Zuņi Indians. New York, Dial Press.
  • Tedlock, Dennis. (1983). The spoken word and the work of interpretation. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 0-8122-7880-1 (hbk.); ISBN 0-8122-1143-X (pbk.).
  • Tedlock, Dennis. (1999). Finding the center: The art of the Zuni storyteller (2nd. ed.). Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0-8032-4439-8 (hbk.); ISBN 0-8032-9440-9 (pbk.)

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