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Geneviève Calame-Griaule (1924-2013)

Friday, August 23, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jesse A. Fivecoate
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By Lee Haring — 

Geneviève Calame-Griaule, France’s leading figure in the study of oral literature, died on 23 August 2013. She was the daughter of the anthropologist Marcel Griaule, and followed him in the ethnographic study of the Dogon of Mali. Her 1965 book Ethnologie et langage(translated by Deirdre LaPin as Words and the Dogon World) founded the discipline of ethnolinguistics in France. Her many students and colleagues followed up her work with field studies in Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia, always paying tribute to her leadership. She kept up with the work of American folklorists paralleling her own, notably Dell Hymes, and continued to write and publish till the end of her long life.



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