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Cloudy Dissertation

November 7, 2009

Wordle: DissertationJust for fun I used Wordle to create a word cloud of the first chapter of my dissertation. I think it’s pretty evident what the main issues in the chapter are….

  1. November 7, 2009 11:46 am

    Interesting, I don’t see “priest” anywhere..

    • November 7, 2009 11:53 am

      There are no priests in chapter one. They don’t show up in the dissertation till the last two chapters. Ugaritic ritual texts don’t mention the priests’ roles, only those of the king. That’s part of what got me interested in these texts to begin with.

  2. November 7, 2009 12:09 pm

    I love that CAT shows up.

    Rituals that kings perform with cats. What an interesting topic! 🙂

    (Can I read the chapter?)

    • November 7, 2009 12:16 pm

      LOL! It’s CAT Cuneiform Alphabetic Texts (aka KTU2). I’ll leave it to Steve Wiggins to talk about cat rituals in the ancient Near East.

      I’m hoping everyone can read it soon, but I’ve got to finish editing the dang dissertation before I’ll let folks see it.

      • November 7, 2009 12:48 pm

        Yeah, I knew it was CAT/KTU, which is why it’s so funny! I wonder what other things look so common to us that we ignore them, but would raise eyebrows of others! The word cloud really highlights the word/term/abbreviations we tend to read over.

        • November 7, 2009 1:01 pm

          When I finish compiling the abbreviation list for the dissertation I might add it as a tab on the blog for exactly this reason.

          I knew you knew what it meant. But, it made me realize (again) that some folks might not. Hence the over-descriptive answer.

  3. November 9, 2009 5:58 pm


    I loved the CAT, too. My first thought was maybe you threw in some Egyptian stuff, but the all-caps was a giveaway.


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