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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - The mnemonic oral tradition with special reference to the management and expression of conflict in Zulu-speaking communities : research article

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Abstract


The identification of features of oral studies and especially the issue of conflict and their terms of reference, have recently become a topic of increasing interest among researchers in Southern Africa. The National Research Foundation is nowadays encouraging academics to focus on the area of indigenous knowledge systems. Included in that focus area is the recommendation that research should be done on the impact that indigenous knowledge has on lifestyles and the ways in which societies operate. The study of ways in which specific societies articulate issues of conflict is inextricably linked with the way in which language is used in particular communities. This study deals with African and specifically Zulu communities, and how the mnemonic oral tradition plays an essential role in the oral strategies used as a means of dealing with issues of conflict. These strategies are based on an age-old mnemonic oral tradition which is socialised and used as an acceptable norm of group behaviour. Furthermore it is an acceptable way of managing and expressing conflict in social situations where direct verbal confrontation is frowned upon and deemed unacceptable.


Die identifisering van die kenmerke van orale studies en veral die kwessie van konflik en sodanige verwysingsterme, is deesdae 'n onderwerp wat al hoe meer aandag onder navorsers in Suidelike Afrika geniet. Die Nasionale Navorsingstigting moedig tans akademici aan om te fokus op die area van inheemse kennissisteme. Hierby ingesluit is die aanbeveling dat navorsing gedoen moet word oor die impak van inheemse kennis op die leefstyle en maniere waarop samelewings funksioneer. Die studie van maniere waarop spesifieke samelewings konflikkwessies artikuleer, is onlosmaakbaar verbind met die manier waarop taal in spesifieke gemeenskappe gebruik word. Hierdie studie kyk veral na Zulu gemeenskappe en hoe die mnemoniese orale tradisie 'n belangrike rol speel in die orale strategieë wat gebruik word om konflik te hanteer. Hierdie strategieë is 'n aanvaarbare manier om konflik in sosiale situasies te bestuur en uit te druk waar direkte konfrontasie onaanvaarbaar is. Dit is gebaseer op 'n eeue oue mnemoniese orale tradisie wat gesosialiseer is en as 'n aanvaarbare norm van groepsgedrag gebruik word.

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