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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Query Details


Query Subject:   Resources on Ancient Diaries
Author:   Richard Durkan
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

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

Query:   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.
LL Issue: 23.1243
Date posted: 12-Mar-2012



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