LINGUIST List 26.4979

Mon Nov 09 2015

Calls: Ancient Greek, Latin, Discourse Analysis, Ling Theories, Pragmatics, Socioling, Text/Corpus Ling/UK

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Date: 09-Nov-2015
From: Tzu-i Liao <>
Subject: Language in Style. Linguistic Variation in Greek and Latin from Lexis to Register
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Full Title: Language in Style. Linguistic Variation in Greek and Latin from Lexis to Register

Date: 18-May-2016 - 20-May-2016
Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Tzu-i Liao
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Greek, Ancient; Latin

Language Family(ies): Indo-European; Latin Subgroup

Call Deadline: 18-Jan-2016

Meeting Description:

Language in Style.
Linguistic Variation in Greek and Latin from Lexis to Register.
18–20 May 2016, Wolfson College, Oxford

While stylistics has a very long tradition in the classical studies, ‘styles’ have not often been
defined in terms of communicative functions and priorities, even though these relate
naturally to linguistic variation. The present conference intends to stimulate research and
debate in this perspective by looking into both the ancient texts and the rhetorical tradition.
The conference is convened by Alessandro Vatri (Oxford) and Tzu-I Liao (UCL), and its
aim is to rethink the traditional notion of ‘style’ in Greek and Latin in theoretical and
practical terms from the perspective of language use and communication—an approach
that profits especially from the tools and methods of contemporary linguistics (e.g.
sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis).

Keynote speaker: Andreas Willi (Oxford)

Confirmed speakers include: Rutger Allan (Free Univ. Amsterdam), Victor Bers (Yale),
Anna Bonifazi (Heidelberg), Casper de Jonge (Leiden), Jesús de la Villa (U. A. Madrid),
Wolfgang de Melo (Oxford), Coulter George (Virginia), Luuk Huitink (Heidelberg), Caroline
Kroon (Amsterdam), David Langslow (Manchester).

Call for Papers:

Papers would be warmly received on the following themes, though other topics will be

– Can we define styles/registers in Greek and Latin in a rigorous way by identifying
communicative properties and their linguistic correlates? Can so-defined styles/registers be
put in relation to one another on the basis of shared functions?

– Is it possible to identify the communicative function(s) of linguistic devices as they occur
in combination with other linguistic features in the classical texts? Does thinking in terms of
styles/registers add to our understanding of the function(s) of individual linguistic devices?

– What features of the linguistic usage of an author can be ascribed to genuine idiolectal
variation as opposed to situational variation? Do genre and authorship play a primary role
in determining linguistic variation? To what extent are these categories effective at this
level of linguistic analysis?

– Does ancient stylistics provide useful guidance in the identification of well-defined
linguistic functions and varieties? Can we substantiate ancient taxonomies of styles in
Greek and Latin with sound linguistic analysis? The idea that styles are characterised by
combinations of communicative properties is not alien to the ancient rhetoricians (e.g.
Hermogenes’ ‘ideas of style’). Can the ancient stylistic categories be defined rigorously in
linguistic terms? To what extent? Do the patterns of linguistic features that they describe
actually occur in ancient texts?

We invite submissions of abstracts for papers suitable for a 20 minute presentation.
Proposals should be approx. 300 words in length (excluding references) and must be
submitted as a PDF attachment by 18 January 2016. Proposals and contributions are
expected to be in English. Please send all abstracts and inquiries to

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