oa Alternation - Memory, Media and Research: Mnemonic Oral-style, Rhythmo-stylistics and the Computer

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Jousse searched for and discovered ... the permanent and universal psycho-physiological laws, the anthropological laws, that unify what time and space and custom had separated in so many ethnic varieties. He consistently believed in and stressed a human, an anthropological continuity, refusing to see writing as a dividing invention in the history of humanity. To him, writing had not created a hiatus between oral- and written-style man, between orality and literacy, but the civilisation of writing was preceded and shored up by an Oral-style civilisation. And as style implies laws of expression, it was his aim to unearth these stylistic laws from beneath written texts or to discover them wherever the absence of writing had left them intact (Sienaert 1990:93).

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