LINGUIST List 28.1077

Thu Mar 02 2017

Calls: Ancient Greek, Historical Linguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics/Latvia

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 01-Mar-2017
From: Ilja Seržant <>
Subject: A Corpus and Usage-Based Approach to Ancient Greek: from the Archaic Period until the Koiné
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Full Title: A Corpus and Usage-Based Approach to Ancient Greek: from the Archaic Period until the Koiné

Date: 12-Apr-2018 - 14-Apr-2018
Location: Riga, Latvia
Contact Person: Ilja Seržant
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Greek, Ancient

Call Deadline: 01-Oct-2017

Meeting Description:

The aim of this conference is to gather researchers that exploit statistical and corpus obtained data for their analyses and claims. Importantly, we do not conceive of corpus data as data that are obtained by some technical, “automated” tool, we are equally interested in the research based on manually collected samples or databases that may be used to identify specific trends which in turn are integrated into the analysis. This is all the more important since it is currently not always an easy task for a linguist or philologist to obtain corpus data. Moreover, in this workshop, we would like to focus on usage-based research into Ancient Greek while methodological and technical aspects are subordinate at this conference.

Invited Speakers:

- Klaas Bentein (Ghent)
- Guiseppe Celano (Leipzig)
- James Clackson (Cambridge)
- José Luis García Ramón (Center for Hellenic Studies)
- Chiara Gianollo (Bologna)
- Dag Haug (Oslo)
- Geoffrey Horrocks (Cambrigde)
- Daniel Kölligan (Cologne)
- Martti Leiwo, Sonja Dahlgren & Marja Vierros (Helsinki)
- Amalia Moser (Athens)
- Paul Widmer & Florian Sommer (Zürich)

Call for Papers:

It has been a long standing tradition in linguistics since de Saussure to distinguish between langue and parole. The former was considered to represent a self-sufficient system consisting of well-defined and distinct categories and sharp constraints that interact at different levels of language such as morphology, syntax or lexicon to produce grammatical utterances. For example, mainstream generative approach inherited this spirit of thinking from the earlier structuralists. This understanding of language consequently shapes the way the argumentation and analysis is carried out. The evidence must either corroborate the analysis or be assigned a different category. Fuzzy boundaries – a phenomenon widely discussed in the literature (Ungerer & Schmid 1999: 23) – are not easily dealt with here, exactly as ongoing change.

This approach has been challenged by the usage-based approach to linguistics (Bybee 2010) in which parole becomes the subject of investigation as it is precisely the usage that shapes the linguistic structure. Language dynamics as observed from synchronic and/or diachronic corpus data provides here an important piece of evidence, since language development must be crucially shaped by language usage.

While unfortunately there is no linguistically oriented corpus of Ancient Greek for all its periods there are a number of linguistic small corpora focusing on particular authors or periods available that may successfully be used by linguists such as the collection of (automatically) annotated Ancient Greek corpora at INESS / “Ancient Greek” prepared by different projects/scholars such as the PROIEL project at U Oslo or Perseus Project at U Buffalo and U Leipzig. Of course, there is the largest and almost exhaustive corpus of Ancient Greek Thesaurus Linguae Graecae.

We call for submissions on any aspect of Ancient Greek (from the Homeric period until the Koiné) – including not only grammarians’ but also sociolinguistic and variational studies – that are based on corpus or statistical data.

Abstract Submission:.

Please submit your abstract to all four organizers:,,,

Important Dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: October 1, 2017
Applicants notified of abstract acceptance: December 1, 2017
Registration: From January 15, 2018
Conference session: April 12-14, 2018

Bybee, Joan L. 2010: Language, usage and cognition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Ungerer, Friedrich & Hans-Jörg Schmid 1999: An Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics. London: Longman.

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