EVWRIT consists out of six interrelated projects. These are centered around the following themes:
- Greek morpho-syntax (Klaas Bentein, PI)
- Typography of documentary texts (Yasmine Amory, Post-doc)
- Greek orthography (Geert de Mol, PhD candidate)
Greek spelling was standardised in the fifth century BC, but as the language underwent drastic changes, spelling and pronunciation grew apart. The phonological changes have already been studied extensively, mainly on the basis of spelling variations, but a systematic study of the social meaning of this variation has yet to be carried out. This part of the project aims at providing such a systematic study by developing an approach to explain spelling variation in Ancient Greek papyri from a historical-sociolinguistic point of view.
- Greek lexicology (Emmanuel Roumanis, PhD candidate)
- Multilingualism in Egypt (Antonia Apostolakou, PhD candidate)
The project “A Socio-semiotic Approach to Code-switching and Bigraphism in Late Antique Documentary Papyri” focuses on multilingualism in Late Antique Egypt, with the study of primarily two multilingual phenomena attested in documentary papyri: code-switching and bigraphism. Project sources include papyrological evidence in Greek, Latin, and Coptic, drawn from the EVWRIT database. This research will be facilitated by the creation of annotation tools (e.g. character recognition tool) specifically adjusted to the needs of studying the aforementioned multilingual phenomena, while respecting historical and papyrological characteristics and particularities of the texts. The general objective of this research is to relate these phenomena to their socio-historical environment, in order to obtain a better understanding of everyday multilingual communication and practices in Egyptian antiquity.
- Material aspects of documentary texts (Serena Causo, PhD candidate)