Events

Conferences

New Light from the East. Linguistic Perspectives on Non-Literary Papyri and Related Sources

Organized by Klaas Bentein & Marja Vierros

Athens, September 15-17, 2021

https://www.newlightfromtheeast.ugent.be/

 

Correctness in Comparison. Negotiating linguistic norms in Greek from the Imperial Roman until the Later Byzantine period (I – XV AD)

Organized by Klaas Bentein & Andrea Cuomo

Vienna, June 18-19, 2021

http://www.correctnessincomparison.ugent.be

 

Novel Perspectives on Communication Practices in Antiquity. Towards a Historical Social-Semiotic Approach

Organized by Klaas Bentein & Yasmine Amory

Ghent, October 3-5, 2019

http://www.novelperspectives.ugent.be

 

Workshops

Digital Approaches in Greek Palaeography

Organized by Klaas Bentein & Gabriel Bodard

London, December 14, 2018

Call for Participation

 

Doctoral/summer schools

Introduction to Classical Arabic: 23-27 August, 2021

Ghent University is organizing an intensive one-week summer course introducing Classical Arabic, in collaboration with OIKOS. It is our aim to offer this course in person, if the Covid-situation allows. For students not able to attend in person, we will offer an online option. The program will consist of a theoretical morning block, where we will introduce the script and grammar. In the afternoon you can choose to focus either on documentary or literary material. In the afternoon sessions we will read relevant texts to give you hands-on experience with the text type of your choice.

For the complete announcement of the course see https://www.rug.nl/research/research-let/onderzoekscholen/oikos/calendar/2021/0823-27-classical-arabic

For registration and additional information please contact: fokelien.kootstra@ugent.be

Reading group

Ghent University – Faculty of Arts and Philosophy

Once a month from January 2019, the EVWRIT team will meet to discuss and develop a new theoretical perspective towards communication practices in Antiquity. Theoretical sessions on fundamental aspects of novel methodologies (cognitive sociolinguistics, social semiotics, paléographie signifiante…) will be interchanged with practical ones (doing statistics, showing a database, presenting a paper…).

The reading group is open to anyone interested.

 

Twelfth session:  11.00-13.00, Wednesday January 13, 2021 (online)

Moderator: Marianna Thoma

Theme: Women’s Letters in Greek Papyri: Some Aspects of Letter-Writing.

Background literature:

R.Bagnall & R. Cribiore. 2006. Women’s Letters from Ancient Egypt: 300 BC – AD 800. Ann Arbor, pp. 27-37, 71-98.

Clarysse. 2017. “Emotions in Greek Private Papyrus Letters”. Ancient Society 47, pp. 63–86.

Cribiore. 2002. “The Women in the Apollonios’ Archive and their Use of Literacy”. In: H. Melaerts, H. and Mooren, L. (eds.), Le rôle et le statut de la femme en Égypte Hellénistique, Romaine et Byzantine, Actes du colloque international: Bruxelles – Leuven, 27-29 Novembre 1997 (Studia Hellenistica 37 : Leuven–Paris–Sterling–Virginia, pp. 149-66.

J. Hillner. 2019. “Empresses, Queens, and Letters: Finding a ‘Female Voice’ in Late Antiquity?”. Gender & History 31 (2 ), pp. 353–382.

 

Eleventh session: 15:00-17:00, Wednesday, October 21, 2020 (online).

Moderator: Fokelien Kootstra

Theme: Arabic papyri and historical sociolinguistics

Background literature: E.M. Grob. 2010. Documentary Arabic private and business letters on papyrus: Form and function, content and context, Berlin & New York, chapter 1, pp. 1-14, ​and chapter 2, pp. 23-83.

G. Khan. 2011. “Middle Arabic”. in: S. Weniger (ed.) The Semitic languages: an international handbook, Berlin & Boston, pp. 817-835.

M. Tillier. 2018, “Scribal Practices Among Muslims and Christians: A comparison between the judicial Letters of Qurra b. Sharīk and Henanishoʕ (1st cent. AH)”. In: M. Wissa (ed.), Scribal practices and the social construction of knowledge, Louvain, pp. 197-214.

 

Tenth session: 15:30-17:00, Tuesday, March 2, 2020 (Faculteitszaal).

Moderator: Ezra la Roi

Theme: textual ambiguity and historical linguistics

Background literature: R. Boogaart & K. Verheij. 2013. “Als dát geen insubordinatie is! De pragmatiek van zelfstandige conditionele zinnen”. In: T. Janssen & J. Noordegraaf (eds.), Honderd jaar taalwetenschap. Artikelen aangeboden aan Saskia Daalder bij haar afscheid van de Vrije Universiteit. Amsterdam, St. Neerlandistiek VU & Münster, pp. 13-28.

E. Lombardi Vallauri. 2005. “Come era il parlato di lingue antiche: le ipotetiche libere”, Studi Italiani di Linguistica Teorica e Applicata , XXXIV 2, pp. 225-255.

G. Wakker. 1994. Conditions and conditionals. An investigation of Ancient Greek. Amsterdam, pp. 384-402.

 

Ninth session: 15:30-17:00, Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

Moderator: Alessandro Papini

Theme: historical sociolinguistics & latin epigraphy

Background literature: B. Adamik. 2012. “In Search of the Regional Diversification of Latin. Some Methodological Considerations in Employing the Inscriptional Evidence. In: F. Biville et al. (eds), Latin vulgaire – Latin tardif IX. Lyon, pp. 123-139.

J. N. Adams. 2013. Social variation and the Latin language. Cambridge, pp. 37-70.

M. Mancini. 2014. “Testi epigrafici e sociolinguistica storica. Le ‘defixiones’ sannite”. In: R. Giacomelli and A., Robbiati Bianchi (eds.), Le lingue dell’Italia antica oltre il latino. Lasciamo parlare i testi. Milano, pp. 29-61.

 

Eighth session: 15:30-17:00, Wednesday, November 27, 2019 (Vergaderzaal Camelot).

Moderator: Emmanuel Roumanis

Theme: Atticistic lexicography within the diachrony of diglossia and divergence in Greek

Background literature: M. Karyolemou. 2014. “What Can Sociolinguistics Tell us about Learned Literary Languages?”, The Language of Byzantine Learned Literature, Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 34-51.

J. A.L. Lee. 2013. “The Atticist Grammarians”. In: S. E. Porter and A. W. Pitts (eds.), The Language of the New Testament, Leiden: Brill, pp. 283-308.

C. Strobel. 2009. “The Lexica of the Second Sophistic: Safeguarding Atticism”. In: A. Georgakopoulou and M. Silk (eds.), Standard Languages and Language Standards: Greek, Past and Present, Farnham & Burlington, VT: Ashgate, pp. 93-107.

S. Valente. 2017. “Old and New Lexica in Palaeologan Byzantium”. In: A. M. Cuomo and E. Trapp (eds.), Toward a Historical Sociolinguistic Poetics of Medieval Greek, Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 45-55.

 

Seventh session: 15:30-17:00, Tuesday, October 15, 2019 (Vergaderzaal Camelot).

Moderator: Simon Aerts

Theme: SFL, interpersonal meaning and deictic shifts

Background literature: S. Aerts. forthcoming. “A Three-Dimensional, Systemic Functional Analysis of Tense Usage in Gregory of Tours’ Historia Francorum.” Acta Antiqua Academiae Scientiarum Hungarica 59.

R. Kühner & C. Stegmann. 1912. Ausführliche Grammatik der Lateinischen Sprache, II: Satzlehre, vol.1: Syntaxe des einfaches Satzes. Hannover: Hahnsche Buchhandlung, §39: Gebrauch der Zeitformen im Briefstile.

A.A. Nijk 2019. “Bridging the Gap between the near and the Far: Displacement and Representation”, Cognitive Linguistics 30 (2), pp. 327–350.

G. Thompson. 2014. Introducing Functional Grammar. 3rd edition. London: Routledge (Chapter 4: Interacting – The interpersonal metafunction, pp. 45-87).

 

Sixth session: 15:30-17:00, Wednesday, August 28, 2019 (Grote Vergaderzaal).

Moderator: Antonia Apostolakou

Theme: language contact and multilingualism in antiquity

Background literature: J.N. Adams. 2003. Bilingualism and the Latin Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (“Transliterated texts”, pp. 40-67)

D.R. Langslow 2002. “Approaching Bilingualism in Corpus Languages”. In: Adams, J. N., Janse, M. and Swain, S. (eds.), Bilingualism in Ancient Society: Language Contact and the Written Word. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 23-51.​

A. Mullen. 2012. “Introduction: Multiple Languages, Multiple Identities”. In: Mullen, A. and James, P. (eds.), Multilingualism in the Graeco-Roman Worlds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-35.

 

Fifth session: 15:30-17:00, Wednesday, June 19, 2019 (Grote Vergaderzaal).

Moderator: Eleonora Cattafi

Theme: politeness theory and historical politeness

Background literature: P. Brown & S. C. Levinson. 1987. Politeness. Some universals in language usage, pp. 55-84.

D.Z. Kádár & J. Culpeper. 2010. ‘Historical (Im)politeness: an introduction’, in Culpeper & Kádár (eds.), Historical (Im)politeness, pp. 9-36.

E. Dickey. 2016. “Politeness in ancient Rome: can it help us evaluate modern politeness theories?”, Journal of politeness research, 12 (2), pp. 197-220.

 

Fourth session: 15:30-17:00, Friday, May 10, 2019 (Grote Vergaderzaal).

Moderator: Geert De Mol

Theme: orthography as social action

Background literature: M. Sebba. 2012. “Orthography as social action. Scripts, spelling, identity and power”. In: Jaffe et al. (ed.), Orthography as social action. Scripts, spelling, identity and power, pp. 1-20.

M. Sebba. 2012. “Orthography as literacy. How Manx was “reduced to writing””. In: Jaffe et al. (ed.), Orthography as social action. Scripts, spelling, identity and power, pp. 161-176.

M. Sebba. 2015. “Iconisation, attribution and branding in orthography.” Written Language & Literacy 18 (2), pp. 208-227.

 

Third session: 15:00-17:00 Thursday, March 27, 2019 (Room 110.046).

Moderator: Serena Causo

Theme: literacy, writing practices and materiality in Roman Egypt

Background literature: R. Ast. 2015. “Writing and the City in Later Roman Egypt. Towards a Social History of the Ancient ‘Scribe.’” CHS Research Bulletin 4 (1).

P. Schubert. 2018. “Who Needed Writing in Graeco-Roman Egypt, and for What Purpose? Document Layout as a Tool of Literacy” in Kolb, A. (ed.) Literacy in ancient everyday life. Zürich (Switzerland). Berlin & Boston, pp. 335-350.

G. Woolf. 2015 “Ancient Illiteracy?” Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 58 (2): 31-42.

 

Second session: 15:00-17:00 Thursday, February 21, 2019 (Grote Vergaderzaal).

Moderator: Yasmine Amory

Theme: social semiotics & palaeography

Background literature: J.-L. Fournet. 2007. “Disposition et réalisation graphique des lettres et des pétitions protobyzantines: pour une paléographie ‘signifiante” des papyrus documentaires” in J. Frösen, T. Purola, E. Salmenkivi (eds.), Proceedings of the 24th International Congress of Papyrology, Helsinki, I, p. 353-367.

T. van Leeuwen. 2006. “Towards a Semiotics of Typography”, Information Design Journal + Document Design 14 (2), pp. 139-155.

 

First session: 15:00-17:00 Friday, January 25, 2019 (Grote Vergaderzaal)

Moderator: Klaas Bentein

Theme: social semiotics & multimodality

Background literature: G. Kress. 2010. Multimodality. A social semiotic approach to contemporary communication. London & New York.

 

Talks

1.     Bentein, K. Towards a typology of relative clauses in Post-classical Greek. Paper presented at the PapyGreek colloquium (Helsinki, June 8, 2018)

2.     Bentein, K. Deictic shifting in Greek contractual writing. Paper presented at the International Colloquium on Ancient Greek Linguistics (Helsinki, August 31, 2018)

3.     Bentein, K. The distinctiveness of syntax for varieties of Post-classical and Byzantine Greek. Paper presented at the Beyond Standards: Attic, the Koiné and Atticism conference (Cambridge, September 14, 2018)

4.     Bentein, K. Syntax: a sociolinguistically distinctive level? Some observations from the Life of Euthymius. Paper presented at the Metaphrasis workshop (Nicosia, October 13, 2018)

5.     Bentein, K., Amory, Y., De Mol, G. & E. Roumanis. Everyday writing in Graeco-Roman and Byzantine Greek. Paper presented at the Dialing Research Seminar (Ghent, November 8, 2018)

6.     Bentein, K. The decline of infinitival complementation in Ancient Greek: A reconsideration. Paper presented at the Classics Research Seminar (Cambridge, November 21, 2018)

7.      Amory, Y. Defense of her doctoral thesis [Title: Communiquer par écrit dans l’Égypte de l’Antiquité tardive: les lettres grecques des archives de Dioscore d’Aphrodité [Égypte; VIe s. apr. J-.C.]). Discussed at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris, December 1, 2018).

8.     Bentein, K. Variation equals social meaning? Developing a digital approach towards communicative variation in Roman and Late Antique Egypt. Paper presented at the Digital Approaches to Ancient and Modern Texts colloquium (Manchester, December 12, 2018).

9.      Amory, Y.  New projects on documentary texts. Paper presented at the Digital Approaches in Greek Palaeography workshop (London, December 14, 2018)

10.    De Mol, G. Hypercorrection in Greek documentary sources: a historical-sociolinguistic approach. Paper presented at the Linghentian Doctorials colloquium (Ghent, December 18, 2018)

11.     Amory, Y. & Schram, V. SPP I 3: un certificat médical? Lecture given at the Greek Papyrology Seminar at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris, January 31, 2019).

12.    Amory, Y. Sous le calame d’un scribe digraphe en Égypte byzantine: un dossier épistolaire grec et copte dans les archives de Dioscore d’Aphrodité. Paper presented at the Ecritures en contact: pratiques et interférences conference (Paris, February 28-March 2, 2019).

13.    Amory, Y., Marthot-Santaniello, I., & Stoyanova S. Digital methods in ancient palaeography. Session 9 of the Sunoikisis Digital Classics Cours, Spring 2019 (March 7, 2019).

14.    De Mol, G. The hypercorrect use of iota adscript in Greek documentary sources: a historical-sociolinguistic approach. Paper presented at the U4 Winter School 2019 on Greco-Roman Antiquity: Challenge and Response in the Ancient World (Rome, March 14, 2019).

15.    Roumanis, E. Atticist Manuals, Prescription, and Documentary Greek Texts. Paper presented at the U4 Winter School 2019 on Greco-Roman Antiquity: Challenge and Response in the Ancient World (Rome, March 14, 2019).

16.    Apostolakou, A. Multilingualism in Graeco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt: Documented Cases of Linguistic Interference. Paper presented at the U4 Winter School 2019 on Greco-Roman Antiquity: Challenge and Response in the Ancient World (Rome, March 15, 2019).

17.     De Mol, G. Hypercorrection in Greek documentary sources: a historical-sociolinguistic approach. Paper presented at the PhD/ReMA Day (Ravenstein, March 29, 2019).

18.    Amory, Y. Écrire une lettre dans l’Égypte du sixième siècle : grec ou copte ? Un nouveau scribe digraphe dans les archives de Dioscore d’Aphrodité. Paper presented at the 18de dag van de Byzantinistiek. Belgisch Genootschap voor Byzantijnse Studies (Bruxelles, May 24, 2019).

19.    De Mol, G. Iota adscript as an idiolectal feature? The Heroninos archive as a case study. Paper presented at the OIKOS Masterclass 2019 on Collections & collectives in the Greco-Roman World (Rome, June 26, 2019).

20.    Amory, Y. Montre-moi ta main et je te dirai… pourquoi tu écris: pour une paléographie signifiante des lettres grecques de Dioscore d’Aphrodité. Paper presented at the 29th International Congress of Papyrology (Lecce, July 28-August 3, 2019).

21.     Bentein, K. Expressing Lineage in Roman and Late Antique Petitions and Contracts. A Variationist Perspective. Paper presented at the 29th International Congress of Papyrology (Lecce, July 28-August 3, 2019).

22.     Causo, S. Lease for a Single-Room House in 6th-century Oxyrhynchus. Paper presented at the 29th International Congress of Papyrology (Lecce, July 28-August 3, 2019).

23.     De Mol, G. Hypercorrect Use of Iota Adscript in Greek Documentary Papyri: A Historical-Sociolinguistic Approach. Paper presented at the 29th International Congress of Papyrology (Lecce, July 28-August 3, 2019).

24.     Roumanis, E. Atticism, Atticist Lexica, and Nonliterary Papyri: Syntactic Variation Across the Registers of Postclassical Greek. Paper presented at the 29th International Congress of Papyrology (Lecce, July 28-August 3, 2019).

25.      Bentein, K. Γινώσκειν σε οὖν θέλω: Causal particles and their semantic development in Ancient Greek. Paper presented at 14th International Conference on Greek Linguistics (Patras, September 5-8, 2019).

26.      De Mol, G. The hypercorrect use of iota adscript in Greek documentary sources: A historical-sociolinguistic approach. Paper presented at 14th International Conference on Greek Linguistics (Patras, September 5-8, 2019).

27.       Roumanis, E. It takes all sorts to make the cline: Register variation in documentary Greek papyri apropos of Atticistic prescriptivism. Paper presented at 14th International Conference on Greek Linguistics conference (Patras, September 5-8, 2019).

28.      Causo, S. LW06-talk presented at Taalkunde 3000 (Ghent, September 17, 2019).

29.      Amory, Y.  Visual signs of deference in Late Antique letters. Paper presented at the Novel Perspectives on Communication Practices in Antiquity. Towards a Historical Social-Semiotic Approach conference (Ghent, October 3-5, 2019).

30.      Apostolakou, A. How to sign a contract in Late Antique Egypt: a study of linguistic variation. Paper presented at the Novel Perspectives on Communication Practices in Antiquity. Towards a Historical Social-Semiotic Approach conference (Ghent, October 3-5, 2019).

31.       De Mol, G. & Roumanis, E. The Abinnaeus archive: lexical and orthographic features. Paper presented at the Novel Perspectives on Communication Practices in Antiquity. Towards a Historical Social-Semiotic Approach conference (Ghent, October 3-5, 2019).

32.      De Mol, G. De taalkundige en sociale contexten van de iota adscriptum in documentaire papyri. Paper presented at the OIKOS Conference (Katwijk, November 22-23, 2019).

33.      Bentein, K. Grieks in Egypte. Papyri als bron voor historisch-sociolinguïstisch onderzoek. Lecture given at the Lingua Graeca als Lingua Franca! De Griekse taal door de eeuwen heen (Ghent, December 18, 2019).

34.      Amory, Y. More than a simple intuition. Towards a categorisation of paleographical features. Paper presented at the Neo-Palaeography: Analysing Ancient Handwritings in the Digital Age conference (Basel, January 27-29, 2020).

35.      Bentein, K. Breaking the Norm and Getting Away With It? Observations on the Structure and Phraseology of Roman Papyrus Letters. Paper presented at La correspondance privée dans la mediterranée antique: sociétés en miroir conference (Paris, January 31 – February 1, 2020).

36.     Roumanis, E. How Atticism saved Greek from Itself: Contested Language Ideologies in Modern Greek Lexicography. Lecture given at the Lingua Graeca als Lingua Franca! De Griekse taal door de eeuwen heen (Ghent, February 19, 2020).

37.     Causo, S. “Allego una copia”: aspetti materiali degli allegati nei documenti amministrativi e legali. Paper presented at Jornadas de Papirología 9.6 (online, September 21-22, 2020)

38.     Cattafi, E. The interplay of linguistic and social factors in the choice of the relative marker. Some evidence from Greek documentary papyri (I-VIII AD). Paper presented at the Third Annual Meeting of the North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics (online, January 8-11, 2021).

39.     Amory, Y. Una lettera per quattro mittenti. Una nuova edizione di SB III 7244, un nuovo documento dell’archivio di Philosarapis. Paper presented at Jornadas de Papirología 9.7 (online, February 19, 2021).

40.    Amory, Y. Più di un’arte, più di un’intuizione. Una proposta tipologica per l’analisi paleografica dei papiri documentari greci. Paper presented at Project NOTAE lectures. (online, March 5, 2021).

41.     De Mol. Geert. ‘Write like an Egyptian”: inleiding op Griekse papyrusteksten. Workshop presented at Doorprik de mythe! Online Onderzoeksfestival voor scholen. (online, March 19, 2021).

42.     Amory, Y.  ‘At school with Ptolemaios: learning Greek in Graeco-Roman Egypt’. Workshop presented at Doorprik de mythe! Online Onderzoeksfestival voor scholen. (online, March 19, 2021).

43.     Bentein, K. Μέν … δέ and contrastive comparison in Post-classical Greek. Paper to be presented at 1st Postclassical Greek Conference (online, March 24-26, 2021).

44..     Roumanis, E. Mixing up the old dialect and inflicting much shame: Registerial variation within the Atticist lexicon. Paper to be presented at 1st Postclassical Greek Conference (online, March 24-26, 2021)