Project

Everyday Writing in Graeco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt (I - VIII AD). A Socio-Semiotic Study of Communicative Variation

Acronym
EVWRIT
Code
41G03418
Duration
01 June 2018 → 31 May 2023
Funding
European funding: framework programme
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Ancient history
    • Sociolinguistics
Keywords
Egypt social semiotics everyday writing Graeco-Roman
 
Project description

Non-literary, ‘documentary’ texts from Ancient Egypt have provided and continue to provide a key witness for our knowledge of the administration, education, economy, etc. of the Ancient world. This project argues that since documentary texts represent originals, their external characteristics should also be brought into the interpretation. The project’s driving hypothesis is that ‘communicative variation’ – variation that is functionally insignificant but socially significant – enables the expression of social meaning. The main aim of the project is to analyse the nature of this communicative variation.