The Philology of the Vernacular

  title={The Philology of the Vernacular},
  author={Richard W. Bauman},
  journal={Journal of Folklore Research},
  pages={29 - 36}
  • R. Bauman
  • Published 5 June 2008
  • Art
  • Journal of Folklore Research
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