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By Don Niles

The genres of sung stories which are the topic of this quantity are essentially the most awesome points of the cultural scene within the Papua New Guinea Highlands. Composed and played by means of expert bards, they seem to be a hugely valued paintings shape. From a comparative perspective they're notable either for his or her scale and complexity, and for the diversity of edition that's chanced on between neighborhood genres and person types. even though their life has formerly been famous via researchers operating within the Highlands, and a few recordings made from them, almost all these genres haven't been studied intimately until eventually relatively lately, frequently as a result of not easy variety of disciplinary services that's required—in anthropology, linguistics, and ethnomusicology. This quantity offers a collection of interrelated reports through researchers in all of these fields, and by way of a Papua New Guinea Highlander who has assisted with the study in response to his lifelong familiarity with one of many neighborhood genres. The reports awarded right here (all of them formerly unpublished and written particularly for this quantity) are of groundbreaking importance not just for experts in Melanesia or the Pacific, but in addition for readers with a extra common curiosity in comparative poetics, mythology, musicology, or verbal artwork.

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