27th International conference on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar

17-19 August 2020, KU Leuven (Belgium)

HPSG is a well-developed, precisely formalized theory of grammar whose architecture is based on the notion of constraint satisfaction. Linguistic objects are modeled as feature structures organized via a system of types and constraint inheritance, drawing key insights from research in object-oriented paradigms. The HPSG community values explicit, large-scale grammar development and explores psycholinguistic models, as well as the development of efficient computational systems for processing natural languages using HPSG grammars. 

The 27th International Conference on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar will be held on August 17 – 19, 2020 at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Abstracts are invited that address linguistic, foundational, or computational issues relating to or in the spirit of the framework of Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar and/or Sign-Based Construction Grammar. 

Conference Format: 
The HPSG 2020 conference will consist of a two-day main conference, preceded by a half-day workshop on Treebanking. 

Invited Speakers for the main conference: 
Laura Michaelis, University of Colorado Boulder 
Gert Webelhuth, Goethe University Frankfurt 

Keynote speaker for the workshop on Treebanking: 
Gosse Bouma, University of Groningen 

Venue: 
The HPSG 2020 Conference will take place at the Faculty of Arts (Erasmushuis) at the KU Leuven, Belgium.

Second Call for Papers: 

Submission Deadline: February 29th, 2020 

The 27th International Conference on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar will be held on August 17th – 19th, 2020 at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Abstracts are invited that address linguistic, foundational, or computational issues relating to or in the spirit of the framework of Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar and/or Sign-Based Construction Grammar. 

Submissions:  
Two types of submissions are admitted both for the main conference and the workshop: 
  *   Long papers (4-page abstract + 1 page data, figures & references; 30 minute presentation + 10 minute discussion) 
  *   Short papers (2-page abstract + 1 page data, figures & references; 15 minute presentation + 5 minute discussion) 

Please note that abstracts submitted for the ”long paper” track can be accepted as ”short papers” (and vice versa). Only ”long papers” will appear in the proceedings. 

All abstracts (written in English) should be submitted in PDF format via: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=hpsg-27-leuven-2020 . 

All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by at least two reviewers. The submissions should not include the authors’ names, and authors are asked to avoid self-references. Please direct any questions to the Program Committee Chair (anke.hollerphil.uni-goettingen.de). 

A call for contributions to the proceedings will be issued after the Conference. Proceedings of previous conferences are available at: http://csli-publications.stanford.edu/HPSG/ . 

Important Dates: 
Abstract submission deadline: February 29th, 2020 (12 midnight GMT) 
Notifications of acceptance: May 1st, 2020 
Conference proceedings submission: October 15th, 2020 

Local Organizing Committee Chairs: 
Frank Van Eynde (KU Leuven, Belgium) 
Liesbeth Augustinus (KU Leuven, Belgium) 
Any questions to the local organization should be posted to: frank@pricie.ccl.kuleuven.be 

PhD fellowship in contrastive corpus linguistics (French/Dutch/English), University of Liège, Belgium

The Department of Modern Languages of the University of Liège (Belgium) and the Institute for Language and Communication at the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) are looking for applicants for a fully funded four-year PhD fellowship in contrastive corpus linguistics (French/Dutch/English). 

The PhD project is part of the FNRS-funded project “How do grammar and discourse interact? Answers from subordination, coordination and insubordination”. The candidate’s supervisors will be An Van linden (University of Liège) and Liesbeth Degand (Université catholique de Louvain) in a joint degree programme. 

The goal of this research project is to investigate the grammar-discourse interface and more specifically the question of how speakers bend the language system’s affordances (i.e. grammar) to new uses in discourse. In particular, it will concentrate on patterns of adverbial insubordination (e.g. As if I had nothing else to do!) and aims to move beyond constructional analyses provided for the phenomenon so far by investigating which discourse-interactional conditions facilitate it, and which prosodic features co-signal it. It will be based on spoken corpus samples of at least two of the following three languages: French, Dutch and English. 

Profile: 

– Master in Linguistics, Linguistics and Literature, or Philology (or equivalent), with excellent study results; 
– an excellent command of French and/or Dutch (native or near-native) and a good command of (spoken and written) academic English; 
– familiarity with corpus linguistic methods and tools as well as strong analytical skills and creativity; 
– an interest in authentic corpus data of French, Dutch and English; 
– a passion for linguistics and an international orientation (i.a. for research stays abroad during the doctoral period); 
– the capacity to work independently and as part of a team; 
– the ability to present research results at international conferences, and to publish in English in peer-reviewed journals; 
– previous experience with statistical analysis of corpus data and/or analysis of discourse features and/or prosodic analysis is an asset 

Offer: 

– The candidate will have the opportunity to do doctoral research in the context of the above-mentioned project, during 4 years. 
– The candidate will have 90% of his/her time available for his/her doctoral research activities; 10% will be dedicated to other (administrative) services. 
– The candidate will receive a grant of approximately 1800 EUR/month (including social security). In addition, s/he will be allocated office space and a laptop, and receive funding for research activities like attending conferences abroad. 
– The candidate will take part in the doctoral training programme, as stipulated by the joint degree conventions. 
– starting date: not later than 1 July 2020 

If you are interested, please e-mail your application file to Prof. An Van linden and Prof. Liesbeth Degand (liesbeth.degand@uclouvain.be), including: 

(i) a cover letter describing your motivation, stating why you want to do this research (in English) 
(ii) a detailed CV (in English or French) 
(iii) a list of grades obtained for your Bachelor and Master programmes 
(iv) the names and contact details of two academic referees we may contact prior to appointment 
(v) a sample piece of academic writing (in English, French or Dutch, e.g. a BA- or an MA-paper). 

Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates in Liège on 13 March 2020 (if needed via Skype for international applicants). 
A decision will be made by 30 March 2020. 

Applications Deadline: 29-Feb-2020 

Mailing Address for Applications:
        Attn: Prof. An Van linden 
        Place Cockerill 3-5 
        Liège 4000 
        Belgium 

Contact Information: 
        Prof. An Van linden 
        an.vanlinden@uliege.be 

The Acquisition and Processing of Reference and Anaphora Resolution (APRAR)

05-06 May 2020 
Palace of the Academies (Brussels), Belgium 

The international conference on “The Acquisition and Processing of Reference and Anaphora Resolution” (APRAR) is a joint initiative of the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies (Centre for Linguistics CLIN) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) and the Department of English and German Philology at the Universidad de Granada (Spain). The theme of the conference ties in with the research topic of the ANACOR project (ANACOR: A corpus-based approach to anaphora resolution in second language acquisition: beyond the interfaces), a research project based at the Universidad de Granada. 

The conference will take place at the Palace of the Academies (Brussels, Belgium) on 5-6 May 2020. 

Conference website: https://sites.google.com/view/aprar2020/homepage

Plenary Speakers: 
– Antonella Sorace (University of Edinburgh) 
– Ianthi Maria Tsimpli (University of Cambridge) 
– Jacopo Torregrossa (Goethe Universität Frankfurt-am-Main) 

Theme of the Conference: 
Referring to entities is a fundamental aspect of languages. It allows to refer to things and people in the world. Speakers can opt for different referential expressions (e.g. overt and null pronouns, noun phrases, proper names, etc.) to indicate a particular entity in discourse and listeners have to be able to select the correct referent according to the speaker’s intention. This is often known as anaphora resolution. When acquiring, processing and resolving reference, several factors are involved, such as information status (topic/focus), the syntactic position of the antecedent, the accessibility of the referent, the number of potential or competing antecedents, the distance between the referential expression and its antecedent, etc. 

Objectives: 
The aim of this conference is to address reference and anaphora resolution. The following topics will be discussed: 
– The processing and acquisition of reference/anaphora resolution in different populations (native speakers, L2 learners, bilinguals, children, heritage speakers, attriters, etc.). 
– The multiple factors that constrain reference/anaphora resolution (morphosyntactic, semantic, discursive and cognitive factors). 
– Reference/anaphora resolution across typologically similar/different languages. 
– Methodological approaches to reference/anaphora resolution (corpus, experimental, etc). 
– Theoretical models that account for reference/anaphora resolution. 
– Any combination of the above topics. 

PhD Workshops: 
The conference will also host two hands-on workshops on methodological approaches to reference/anaphora resolution: 

– Workshop 1 (corpus methods): Annotating and analysing anaphora resolution with UAM Corpus Tool software (Nobuo Ignacio López-Sako & Ana Díaz-Negrillo, Universidad de Granada). 
– Workshop 2 (experimental methods): Designing a psycholinguistic experiment on anaphora resolution in the Open Sesame software (Cristóbal Lozano, Universidad de Granada). 

These workshops are intended for PhD students but are also open to all types of researchers. 

Scientific Committee: 
An Vande Casteele – Vrije Universiteit Brussel 
Cristóbal Lozano – Universidad de Granada 
Renata Enghels – Universiteit Gent 
Stefanie Keulen – Vrije Universiteit Brussel 
Marcus Callies – Universität Bremen 
Alex Housen – Vrije Universiteit Brussel 
Ana Díaz-Negrillo – Universidad de Granada 
Pedro Guijarro Fuentes – Universitat de les Illes Balears 
Nobuo Ignacio López-Sako – Universidad de Granada 
Amaya Mendikoetxea – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 
Despina Papadopoulou – University of Thessaloniki 
Jacopo Torregrossa – Goethe Universität Frankfurt-am-Main

Call for Papers: 

We invite the submission of abstracts for full papers. Abstracts for an oral presentation (20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion time) must not exceed 500 words, including references, and should mention the main research question(s), methodology, data and (expected) results. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously. Please submit your abstract via EasyChair: 
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aprar2020

Important Dates: 
– 15/02/2020: Abstract submission deadline 
– 15/03/2020: Notification to authors 
– 15/03/2020: Registration opens 
– 30/03/2020: Early bird registration closes 
– 01/04/2020: Final program publication 
– 15/04/2020: Late bird registration closes 
– 05-06/05/2020: Conference

Job: Assistant Professor, KU Leuven

The Faculty of Arts at KU Leuven offers a fulltime tenure-track position (100% assistant professor) for a language technologist with expertise in the domain of Artificial Intelligence. We are looking for candidates who are internationally oriented, have and excellent research record and relevant teaching competence in Artificial Intelligence. 

The Department of Linguistics at KU Leuven is an internationally oriented center for research and training in linguistics. The department is committed to a wide range of approaches to the study of language(s), with a focus on different research methods, theoretical frameworks and phenomena. Candidates have a profile that complements the existing expertise within the department and that will help to set up interdisciplinary collaboration with other departments and centers within and beyond the Faculty of Arts at KU Leuven. 

Offer: 

We offer a fulltime position in an intellectually inspiring environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. It is highly inter- and multidisciplinarily focused and strives for international excellence. In this regard, it actively works together with research partners in Belgium and abroad. It provides its students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research. 

You will work in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes from Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam. 

You will be appointed as assistant professor on the tenure track for a period of 5 years. After this period and a positive evaluation, you are permanently appointed (or tenured) as an associate professor. KU Leuven is well-equipped to welcome foreign professors and their family. The university provides practical support concerning immigration and administration, housing, child care, Dutch courses, career coaching for partners, etc. In order to facilitate scientific integration and research in the first stage of the appointment, a start-up grant of 100.000 Euros is offered to new professors who do not have other substantial research funding. 

Interested? 

A full description of the vacancy can be found at the link below. 

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Geert Brône, tel.: +32 3 502 15 16, mail:geert.bronekuleuven.be. 
For problems with online applying, please contact solliciterenkuleuven.be. 

KU Leuven places great importance on research integrity and ethical conduct and will therefore ask you to sign an integrity statement upon appointment. 

Application Deadline: 28-Feb-2020 

Web Address for Applications: https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/55501283?hl=en&lang=en 
Contact Information:
Prof. dr. Geert Brône 
Email: geert.brone@kuleuven.be 
Phone: +32 3 502 15 16 

Bilingualism and directionality in translation

12 December 2019, Université Saint-Louis Brussels

Writing in a non-native language, essentially in English as a lingua franca, is a frequent and socially encouraged practice. The situation is different in the translation industry, where translation into L2 (i.e. the translator’s non-native language) is officially discouraged in some Western European countries. Despite this official standpoint, a European survey conducted in 2015 shows that over 50% of the respondents translate into their L2 (mainly English) on a regular basis.

Because of its ambiguous status on the translation market, translation into L2, and more generally, the issue of translation directionality (similarities and differences between the L2 > L1 and L1 > L2 translation directions), has received relatively little attention in translation research to date. The aim of the present workshop is to make a contribution to filling this gap. To gain a comprehensive view of this complex issue, we adopt an interdisciplinary perspective. Assuming that translation creates a situation of bilingualism in which two languages are activated simultaneously, we will draw upon psycholinguistic experimental approaches to bilingualism to shed light on the processing of L1 and L2 as target languages. These insights will be compared with observations obtained in process- and product-oriented translation research as well as in research into L2 writing.

URL: https://www4.usaintlouis.be/4DACTION/WEB_Agendafiche/311/40072

Broadening The Scope of L2 Complexity Research

14-15 November 2019, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

We are happy to announce that registration is now open for our upcoming colloquium entitled: “Broadening The Scope of L2 Complexity Research”, which will take place at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels) from November 14-15, 2019 (see description below and attached programme). 

The colloquium is open for anyone who is interested in attending but spots are limited, so we kindly ask you to to register by November 1st using the following link:

https://tinyurl.com/L2comcoll

The past 20 years have seen an upsurge of research on linguistic complexity in second language acquisition (SLA) research (often in conjunction with accuracy and fluency; Housen & Kuiken, 2009; Bulté & Housen, 2012). In recent years, this body of research has also been met with criticism (e.g. Pallotti, 2015). Some of these criticisms have included: the fact that the construct of L2 complexity is ill-defined, the lack of construct validity of the L2 complexity measures that have been used, and the fact that L2 complexity research has been too narrow in scope, focusing almost exclusively on complexity phenomena at the lexical and syntactic level, while ignoring other levels of languages such as morphological and phonological complexity or complexity phenomena at the interfaces between the traditional levels of linguistic analysis (e.g. the lexicon-grammar interface; e.g. Paquot, 2019). This two-day workshop is a response to recent calls in the literature (Housen, De Clercq, Kuiken & Vedder, 2018) to expand the construct of, and research on L2 complexity beyond the syntactic and lexical levels. As such, this workshop directly ties in with our own PhD projects, which also aim to expand research on L2 complexity by focusing on complexity in the phraseological domain of learner language and other complexity phenomena at the lexis-grammar interface (cf. Paquot 2018, 2019).
Kind regards, 
Nate Vandeweerd
Rachel Rubin
Alex Housen
Magali Paquot

Job: native Portuguese linguist from Brazil (Acapela, Mons)

The candidate is a native Portuguese speaker from Brazil with a training in linguistics and phonetics. He/she will be part of a team that designs, develops, tests, and deploys Text-To-Speech technologies supporting a range of products and services in a large portfolio of languages. With other members of the team, he/she will participate in the development of a new Brazilian Portuguese voice that will help a large number of people around the world.

Job description

• Assist computer scientists in the development of a new Brazilian Portuguese voice

• Assist computer scientists in the validation of the current Brazilian Portuguese Text-to-Speech system

• Checking audio recordings versus text script (word mistakes, erroneous pronunciations…)

• Validate phonetic lexicons

• Phonetic validation of audio recordings

• Native Brazilian Portuguese speaker

• Fluent in English or French to communicate with the team

• Curiosity about phonetics and languages

• Working knowledge of Windows or Linux

• Team player with good interpersonal skills

Duration

9 months

Location

In Mons (Belgium), possibility to work partly from home

Type of contract

Fixed-term contract as an employee of Acapela (or consultancy if preferred)

Start date

 As soon as possible

Contact

Vincent Pagel 

Acapela Group R&D and Linguistic Resources Manager 

linguistic@acapela-group.com

Address: blvd Dolez, 33 B7000 MONS

About Acapela Group

Acapela Group brings together talented people from very different backgrounds and areas of expertise, resulting in a rich cultural and multilingual environment. We work on voices and languages, we look at the whole world and all application fields to help us create authentic and genuine voices that change or simplify people’s daily lives.

www.acapela-group.com

Job: native Portuguese linguist (Acapela, Mons)

The candidate is a native Portuguese speaker with a training in linguistics and phonetics. He/she will be part of a team that designs, develops, tests, and deploys Text-To-Speech technologies supporting a range of products and services in a large portfolio of languages. With other members of the team, he/she will participate in the development of a new Portuguese voice that will help a large number of people around the world.

Job description

• Assist computer scientists in the development of a new Portuguese voice

• Assist computer scientists in the validation of the current Portuguese Text-to-Speech system

• Checking audio recordings versus text script (word mistakes, erroneous pronunciations…)

• Validate phonetic lexicons

• Phonetic validation of audio recordings

• Native Portuguese speaker

• Fluent in English or French to communicate with the team

• Curiosity about phonetics and languages

• Working knowledge of Windows or Linux

• Team player with good interpersonal skills

Duration

9 months

Location

In Mons (Belgium), possibility to work partly from home

Type of contract

Fixed-term contract as an employee of Acapela (or consultancy if preferred)

Start date

 As soon as possible

Contact

Vincent Pagel 

Acapela Group R&D and Linguistic Resources Manager 

linguistic@acapela-group.com

Address: blvd Dolez, 33 B7000 MONS

About Acapela Group

Acapela Group brings together talented people from very different backgrounds and areas of expertise, resulting in a rich cultural and multilingual environment. We work on voices and languages, we look at the whole world and all application fields to help us create authentic and genuine voices that change or simplify people’s daily lives.

www.acapela-group.com

24th DiscourseNet Conference

Discourse and Communication as Propaganda: digital and multimodal forms of activism, persuasion and disinformation across ideologies

18-20 May 2020,  Brussels, Belgium

This conference provides a forum for researchers who seek to analyze, challenge, and (re)think the concept and the practice of propaganda in the light of contemporary forms of discourse and communication across the ideological spectrum. 

We invite authors to examine the relationship between concepts such as propaganda, ideology, hegemony and discourse in today’s digital environment. Both empirical and theoretical contributions are welcome.

Call for Papers: 

The notion of propaganda was seminal to the field of communication studies in the beginning of the 20th century. It derives its negative connotations from the way mass media have been intentionally used by state and corporate actors for partisan interests. Even though the term ‘propaganda’ may have grown out of fashion – both inside and outside of academia – its practices have not. 

Notions such as ‘public relations’, ‘advertising’, ‘political marketing’, ‘public diplomacy’, ‘political marketing’ and ‘advocacy’ have now transplanted propaganda even though they often refer to similar discursive strategies of persuasion or (dis)information. As the term ‘propaganda’ grew less popular new terms emerged in order to label similar communication strategies that shape contemporary discourse and communication until this day. 

Many critical approaches in discourse studies have treated propagandistic modes of communication through the lenses of ‘ideology’, ‘hegemony’, ‘discourse’ and ‘power’. However, whereas all propaganda is ideological, not all ideology manifests itself as propaganda. Likewise, whereas all propaganda operates through discourse and communication, not all discourse or communication performs the function of propaganda. 

Different forms of critical discourse studies have paid attention to ideological phenomena, but the term propaganda is remarkably absent from this field of inquiry. This may be explained with reference to underlying theoretical premises of specific discourse theoretical and discourse analytical approaches, a hypothesis that may also be explored at this conference. 

In a global context marked by ‘a return of the political’, by an intensification of political debates across the political spectrum, and by a (re-)articulation of old and new political fault lines crossing local, regional, national and/or transnational contexts, the seemingly outdated notion of propaganda may provide a useful entry point for examining the (partially) strategic modes of communication practiced by activists on all sides of the ideological spectrum. 

If propaganda is no longer associated exclusively with traditional institutional actors such as the state or corporations, the political and communicative strategies of social and political actors such as eco-activists, AltRight trolls, neoliberal think tanks or the peace movement may be (re)thought in terms of propaganda. This brings us back to the old question whether (specific forms of) propaganda hinder or facilitate democracy. It also leads us to explore uses of digital and algorithmic propaganda in contemporary populist projects. 

Regardless of the question whether and how the term propaganda is used, ‘strategies’ of white, black and grey propaganda are practiced on an everyday basis while new ways of doing propaganda continue to be developed. In fact, propaganda practices are constantly being adapted to specific social, political and technological developments. As new technologies become available, the range of actors able to practice propaganda expands. 

We especially welcome papers that rethink the notions of propaganda and activism in relation to key concepts in discourse studies. Such notions include power, subjectivity, reflexivity, critique, identity, context, language use and multimodal communication. Papers may also focus on the ethical problems that come with propagandistic activities. 

For abstract submission, visit: https://dn24.sciencesconf.org/

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

03-05 October 2019, Ghent, Belgium 

The main aim of this conference, which forms the opening event of the ERC-project ‘Everyday writing in Graeco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt. A socio-semiotic study of communicative variation’ (2018-2023; www.evwrit.ugent.be), is to explore to what extent it is possible and desirable to found a discipline such as historical social-semiotics, parallel to historical socio-linguistics. Such a novel, interdisciplinary approach is particularly relevant for ‘everyday’ documentary texts: since these texts represent autographs, their external characteristics can also be brought into the interpretation. Jean-Luc Fournet (2007), for example, has recently argued for a ‘paléographie signifiante’, noting that ‘l’analyse matérielle d’un document peut être porteuse de sens’ (2007:353), not only when it comes to text type, but also with regard to the socio-cultural context of writing, and the provenance of the document. Other external characteristics to be considered as expressions of social meaning (functioning as ‘semiotic resources’) are – but are not limited to – writing material, document format, and language choice. Their analysis reveals information concerning hierarchy, status and social relations. 

Program: 

Thursday, October 3, 2019 

8:45-9:15: 
Registration 

9:15-9:30: 
Welcome Greetings 

Morning session: Genre and multimodality 
Chairperson: Klaas Bentein 

9:30-10:00: 
Klaas Bentein (Ghent University) 
Introduction 

10:00-10:30: 
Sarah Béthume (INCAL/CEMA, UCLouvain) 
“The ‘exposed writings’: how the study of the ‘pluricode’ message of ancient Greek inscriptions can shed light on the archaic and classical dialectal variation” 

10:30-11:00: 
Nicola Reggiani (University of Parma) 
“Towards a socio-semiotic analysis of Greek medical prescriptions on papyrus” 

11:00-11:30: Coffee Break 

11:30-12:00: 
Francesca Murano & Mariarosaria Zinzi (University of Florence) 
“A social-semiotic analysis of Greek defixiones from South Italy” 

12:00-12:30: 
Jimmy Wolfe (The Ohio State University) 
“Imagining faith: images, scripts, and texts of early Christian inscriptions from the Roman Near East” 

12:30-14:00: Lunch Break 

Afternoon session: Texts and intra-semiosis 
Chairperson: Yasmine Amory 

14:00-14:45: 
Key-note speaker, Antonella Ghignoli (Sapienza – University of Rome) 
“This is the catalogue! A so far unknown latin documentary papyrus from 6th century Italy” 

14:45-15:15: 
Martti Leiwo (University of Helsinki) 
“Hands and language in ostraca letters from Roman praesidia in Egypt” 

15:15-15:45: 
Giulio Iovine (University of Naples “Federico II”) 
“Descriptum et recognitum. A survey of Latin closing and acknowledging formulae in Latin and Greek papyri and ostraca” 

15:45-16:15: Coffee Break 

16:15-16:45: 
Antonia Apostolakou (Ghent University) 
“How to sign a contract in Late Antique Egypt: a study of linguistic variation” 

16:45-17:15: 
Simona Russo (Istituto papirologico “G. Vitelli”) 
“Rome as New York, fashion capital?” 

* Reception at Alice 

Friday, October 4, 2019 

Morning session: Sociolinguistic variation 
Chairperson: Mark Janse 

9:15-10:00: 
Key-note speaker, James Clackson (University of Cambridge) 
“Standard languages, language standards and language norms in the Greco-Roman world” 

10:00-10:30: 
Polina Yordanova (University of Helsinki) 
“Тhe forest’s broken branches: discontinuity in Greek word order in documentary papyri from III c BCE to III c CE” 

10:30-11:00: 
Alek Keersmaekers (UK Leuven) 
“Sociolinguistic variation in the Greek papyri: a corpus-based, bottom-up approach” 

11:00-11:30: Coffee Break 

11:30-12:00: 
Emmanuel Roumanis & Geert De Mol (Ghent University) 
“The Abinnaeus archive: lexical and orthographic features” 

12:00-12:30: 
Alessandro Papini (Ghent University) 
“A preliminary investigation on the graphemic oscillations in Italian Latin inscriptions of the Republican age” 

12:30-14:00: Lunch Break 

Afternoon session: Visual and material aspects of texts 
Chairperson: Joanne Stolk 

14:00-14:45: 
Key-note speaker, Jean-Luc Fournet (Collège de France – EPHE) 
“Beyond the text: the contribution of the ‘paléographie signifiante’” 

14:45-15:15: 
Marco Stroppa (Istituto papirologico “G. Vitelli”) 
“Big & small: the size of documents as a semiotic resource for Graeco-Roman Egypt?” 

15:15-15:45: 
Nina Sietis (Sapienza – University of Rome) 
“Abbreviations in Greek documentary texts. A case study of ‘significant palaeography’” 

15:45-16:15: Coffee Break 

16:15-16:45: 
Eleonora Conti (Istituto papirologico “G. Vitelli”) 
“Spread and persistence of Latin document features in some Greek letters of high chancery on papyrus” 

16:45-17:15: 
Yasmine Amory (Ghent University) 
“Visual signs of deference in Late Antique letters” 

17:30: 
Visit at the Archaeological Collection of Ghent University at Het Pand 

19:30: Dinner at Sint Jorishof (optional, pre-reservation required) 

Saturday, October 5, 2019 

Morning session: Multimodal aspects of writing 
Chairperson: Giovanbattista Galdi 

9:15-10:00: 
Key-note speaker, Mark Depauw (UC Leuven) 
“Splitting words in Greek letters and petitions. Quantitative research based on Trismegistos” 

10:00-10:30: 
Joanne Stolk (Ghent University/University of Oslo) 
“The social meaning of scribal corrections in final versions of papyrus letters”