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LINGUIST List 23.1243

Mon Mar 12 2012

Qs: Resources on Ancient Diaries

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Date: 12-Mar-2012
From: Richard Durkan <rdurkanhotmail.com>
Subject: Resources on Ancient Diaries
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I am trying to do some research into the origins of personal diaries and
journals, particularly what might have existed or still survive from the pre-
classical world (ancient Near East as well as ancient Egypt, India and
China) and the insights they give into non-formal language: idiomatic,
colloquial and slang.

I am finding it very difficult to find appropriate material (I am assuming
some form of diaries must have existed in these societies) and wonder if
anyone knows of relevant studies or specialists.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

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