Collection includes audio tapes and reels from Murphy’s dissertation fieldwork among the
Kpelle for 13 months in 1973-74; fieldwork in Liberia in 1971; and fieldwork in Sierra Leone
among the Mende of Sierra Leone for 13 months in 1981-82. Also included are transcriptions
and translations of audiorecordings.
William P. Murphy earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University in 1976. Murphy
conducted extensive field work in West Africa for his dissertation, "A Semantic and Logical
Analysis of Kpelle Proverb Metaphors of Secrecy."
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