This volume is a work of fundamental importance in the field of orality-literacy studies. It provides a thorough and detailed theoretical account of the compositional style of oral showing that the antithetical, balancing, formulaic quality of that style is deeply rooted in the psychological nature.
Part One: The Anthropological Foundations of Oralstyle 1. The energetic explosion and the psycho-physiology of gesture 2. Intervals between energetic explosions - physiological rhythm 3. Reflex gesticulation and the mimicry of reception 4. The spontaneous revivification of past gestures 5. The voluntary semiological revivification of mimic gesture 6. Laryngo-buccal semiological gesticulation 7. The instinctively concrete character of semiological gesticulation 8. The propositional gestures 9. Ethnic mental dispositions and propositional gestures: The psychology of translation Part Two: The Oral Style 10. The automatic repetition of a propositional gesture: Parallelism 11. Rhythmic oral style 12. The instinctive mnemonic employment of rhythmic schemas 13. Oral style, a "living press" 14. Oral composers 15. Mnemonic faculties in oral style milieux 16. Mnemotechnical devices within the rhythmic schema 17. Mnemotechnical devices within the recitative 18. Mnemotechnical devices within a recitation