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History: Folk literature

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    People who study "Folk literature" investigate Oral literature corresponds in the sphere of the spoken (oral) word to literature as literature operates in the domain of the written word. There is no standard definition as folklorists have varying descriptions for oral literature but a broad conceptualization refers to it as literature characterized by oral transmission and the absence of any fixed form.

    Hector Munro Chadwick and Nora Kershaw Chadwick, Albert B. Lord are a few specialists of "Folk literature".

    Some reasons we look at "Folk literature" include Pre-literate societies, by definition, have no written literature, but may possess rich and varied oral traditions—such as folk epics, folklore, proverbs and folksong—that effectively constitute an oral literature. Even when these are collected and published by scholars such as folklorists and paremiographers, the result is still often referred to as "oral literature". The different genres of oral literature pose classification challenges to scholars because of cultural dynamism in the modern digital age.

    Some questions in "Folk literature" involve Deaf culture.,oral tradition. epics, folklore, proverbs and folksong.