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Roger D. Abrahams, 84, Pioneering Folklorist Of African-American Street Culture

"Earlier folklorists had focused on black religious expression, the language of the church and pulpit. Mr. Abrahams described a new and vibrant verbal world, exuberant, profane and endlessly inventive. He explained the fine points of the dozens - a street-corner battle of wits in which participants traded insults... [as well as] jump-rope rhymes and […]
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