How oral is oral literature?

  title={How oral is oral literature?},
  author={Ruth H. Finnegan},
  journal={Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies},
  pages={52 - 64}
  • R. Finnegan
  • Published 1 February 1974
  • Education
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
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