Matija Murko, Roman Jakobson, and the Parry-Lord Oral-Formulaic Theory
The aim of this study is to demonstrate the so far neglected role played by Czechoslovakian Slavistics in the shaping of the Parry-Lord oral-formulaic theory. The process is presented as a genuine discovery story rooted within a specific scientific milieu (A. Meillet, Prague linguistic circle, etc.). The story's protagonists are Matija Murko, Roman Jakobson, and several other scholars. Murko's and Parry's research strategies, used especially during their journeys to the Balkans in the 1930s, are compared. The paper reveals certain ties between Murko and Lord, including some previously unpublished evidence.