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Cahiers de Litterature Orale (CLO)

The journal Cahiers de Litterature Orale (CLO) was founded by Genevieve Calame-Griaule and a group of researchers in 1976. It is the only French publication devoted to verbal arts in oral cultures around the world. Research topics studied are oral literary genres, diverse social situations of orality, and codified speech; examples also include fictional productions in literate cultures where orality and writing coexist, in their most contemporary forms (e.g., Internet, chats, etc.). The journal only publishes original contributions in French or English and book reviews. It is addressed primarily to researchers, but also to practitioners of orality (librarians, people in charge of media centers, storytellers, etc.), and a scholarly readership.

From 1976 to 2006 Cahiers de Litterature Orale was affiliated to the Research Center on orality (CRO-INALCO), and then from 2006 to 2013 to the Center for the study and research on literatures and orality in the world (CERLOM-INALCO); it is now associated with LLACAN (INALCO – CNRS).

Online edition:
Since 2013, articles and book reviews are available on line at

ISSN Print: 0396-891 X, ISSN Electronic 2266-1816?

Editors in chief:
Nicole Belmont (belmont[at] and Cécile Leguy(cecile.leguy[at]
Tel: 06 25 95 42 72.

Frequency: two issues a year or a double issue (and no special issue).

Publisher: Inalco (Publications Langues O’).

Sale prices: single issue: 15 Euros; double issue: 26 Euros.

Distribution: FMSH Diffusion and Inalco, 2 rue de Lille, 75343 Paris cedex 07, bureau 008, Tel: 01 81 70 11 86 et 01 81 70 11 87.

Printing: 250.