oral character


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oral character

[′ȯr·əl ′kar·ik·tər]
(psychology)
A Freudian term applied to persons who have undergone an unusual degree of oral stimulation during the developmental period and are characterized by an attitude of carefree indifference and by dependence on a mother figure.
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Lori traces how the oral character of storytelling in Somali culture contributes to the polyphonic texture of these novels.
The Oral Character of Southern Literature: Explaining the Distinctiveness of Regional Texts.
The oral character of Southern literature; explaining the distinctiveness of regional texts.
persuasively presents evidence of the originally oral character of the material in the Didache.
A BBC spokesman in London explained that the programme will 'explore the oral character of the area through the voices of the men and women who worked on the docks which have now been transformed into trendy apartment complexes.
The oral character of the Spiritual Exercises became evident to me when I first picked up the book of the Exercises.
See Joyce Irene Middleton, who concludes that "Morrison privileges orality so that her readers can hear and feel the unique oral character of African American language use and see how the survival of cultural consciousness, or nomos, is preserved in a highly literate culture" (29).