LINGUIST List 31.1636

Fri May 15 2020

Confs: Comp Ling, Psycholing, Writing Systems/Online

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Date: 14-May-2020
From: Yannis Haralambous <>
Subject: Grapholinguistics in the 21st Century—From Graphemes to Knowledge
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Grapholinguistics in the 21st Century—From Graphemes to Knowledge
Short Title: G21C

Date: 17-Jun-2020 - 19-Jun-2020
Location: Paris, France
Contact: Yannis Haralambous
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Psycholinguistics; Writing Systems

Meeting Description:

G21C (Grapholinguistics in the 21st Century) is a biennial conference bringing together disciplines concerned with grapholinguistics and more generally the study writing systems and their representation in written communication. The conference aims to reflect on the current state of research in the area, and on the role that writing and writing systems play in neighboring disciplines like computer science and information technology, communication, typography, psychology, and pedagogy. In particular it aims to study the effect of the growing importance of Unicode with regard to the future of reading and writing in human societies. Reflecting the richness of perspectives on writing systems, G21C is actively interdisciplinary, and welcomes proposals from researchers from the fields of computer science and information technology, linguistics, communication, pedagogy, psychology, history, and the social sciences.

G21C aims to create a space for the discussion of the range of approaches to writing systems, and specifically to bridge approaches in linguistics, informatics, and other fields. It will provide a forum for explorations in terminology, methodology, and theoretical approaches relating to the delineation of an emerging interdisciplinary area of research that intersects with intense activity in practical implementations of writing systems.

The first edition of G21C was held in Brest, France, on June 14-15, 2018. All presentations have been recorded and can be watched on

Program Information:

The Grapholinguistics in the 21st century Conference will be held online, with two
presentation modalities: oral presentation and poster session (see below for more

Registration for the conference is now open: Registration is *required* to follow oral presentations and poster sessions.

List of Keynote Presentations:
COON, Jessica. --- The Linguistics of Arrival: What an Alien Writing System Can Teach Us about Human Language

NEEF, Martin. --- What Is It That Ends with a Full Stop?

List of Oral Presentations: (in alphabetical order)
ASHOURINIA, Kaveh. --- Quantifying the Ambiguity of No Short Vowels in Persian Writing

DANET, Claire, Dominique BOUTET, Patrick DOAN, Claudia Savina BIANCHINI, Adrien CONTESSE, Léa CHÈVREFILS, Morgane RÉBULARD, Chloé THOMAS and Jean-François DAUPHIN. --- Transcribing Sign Languages with Typannot: A Typographic System Which Retains and Displays Multiple Levels of Information

DONNELLY, Kevin. --- Digitising Swahili in Arabic Script

DÜRST, Martin J. --- Between Characters and Glyphs - the Case of Han Ideographs

ELTI DI RODEANO, Sveva. --- Scripts in Contact: The Transmission of the First Alphabets

EVERTZ-RITTICH, Martin. --- What Is a Written Word and If So, How Many

FENDEL, Victoria Beatrix. --- A Small Step for a Man, a Giant Leap for a People: The Beginnings of the Coptic Alphabet

GNANADESIKAN, Amalia. --- S1: The Native Script Effect

HANDEL, Zev. --- Is Logographic a Valid Script Typology? Evidence from Historical Borrowing of the Chinese-Character Script

HARBOUR, Daniel. --- Vowel Writing and the Role of Grammar in Writing System Evolution

HONDA, Keisuke. --- A Modular Theoretic Approach to the Japanese Writing System: Possibilities and Challenges

HUOT-MARCHAND, Thomas and Johannes BERGERHAUSEN. --- The Missing Scripts

HUTTO, Megan. --- Press Rightward-Facing Triangle: Metaphor and Cross-Cultural Semiotics in Phone Applications

JEE, Hana, Monica TAMARIZ and Richard SHILLCOCK. --- Quantifying Sound-Graphic Systematicity and Application on Multiple Phonographs

KELLY, Piers. --- The Ottomaung Alphabet of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea: Documenting a New Script by Long-Distance Correspondence in a Politically Sensitive Environment

KETTANEH, Christine. --- Mute Melodies

KOCH, Christian. --- Wikimoldia - Digital Revitalization of the Moldovan Language

KULISH, Olga. --- Between the Words: Emotional Punctuation in the Digital Age Communication

KÜSTER, Marc Wilhelm. --- Mystic Messages - The Magic of Writing

LANDRAGIN, Frédéric, Yannis HARALAMBOUS and Kenichi HANDA. --- Graphemic and Graphetic Methods in Speculative Fiction

MELETIS, Dimitrios. --- Is the Syllable Universally the Most Salient Unit of Writing?

MOURAD, Ghassan, Dana AWAD and Marie-Rose AL-AMIL. --- The Role of Punctuation in Translation

NEUMAN, Yishai. --- Sociocultural Motivation for Spelling Variation in Modern Hebrew

OSTERKAMP, Sven and Gordian SCHREIBER. --- Challenging the Dichotomy between Phonography and Morphography: Transitions and Grey Areas

PERONO CACCIAFOCO, Francesco. --- A New Approach to the Decipherment of Linear A: Coding to Decipher Linear A, Stage 2

PIERSON, Morgane. --- Beyond the Semantic: Typographic Representation of Ancient Monetary Inscriptions

PRESUTTI, Stefano. --- Graphemic Complexity for the New Romance Phonemes in Italian: Some Reflections

PRESUTTI, Stefano. --- The Interdependence between Oral and Writing Systems. Towards a Greater Awareness

RASHWAN, Hany. --- Comparing the Visual Untranslatability of Ancient Egyptian and Arabic Writing Systems

SALGARELLA, Ester and Simon CASTELLAN. --- SigLA. The Signs of Linear A: A Linguistic and Palaeographic Database

SALOMON, Corinna. --- Comparative Perspectives on the Study of Script Transfer, and the Origin of the Runic Script

STOJANOV, Tomislav. --- The Sociolinguistics of Punctuation - What Can We Infer about Our Language by Observing the Evolution of Punctuation?

TAHA, Haitham. --- The Role of Semantic Activation during Word Recognition in Arabic among Typical and Poor Readers

UGRAY, Gábor. --- Progress Report on Hanzi Network Dictionary, a Shape-Based, Etymologically Motivated Character Decomposition Dataset with Functional Annotations

WACHENDORFF, Irmi. --- Typographetics of Urban Spaces - the Indication of Discourse Types and Genres through Letterforms and Their Materiality in Multilingual Urban Spaces

WÖHRMANN, Frithjof. --- Limitless Script-Choice? How Romanian Writing during the 19th Century Reveals the Limits of Current Understandings of ‘Writing System’

XU, Duoduo. --- Digitizing Dongba Pictographs: Semantic Index for a Unicode Database

List of Poster Presentations: (in alphabetical order)
BIANCHINI, Claudia Savina. --- How to Improve Metalinguistic Awareness by Writing a Language without Writing: Sign Languages and Sign Writing

DROZHASHCHIKH, Nataliia, Elena EFIMOVA and Evgenia MESHCHERYAKOVA. --- Form-Meaning Regularities in Old English Thesaurus and Corpora

FEDOROVA, Liudmila. --- To the Typology of Writing Systems

GIUNASHVILI, Helen. --- Old Aramaic Script in Georgia

JOYCE, Terry and Hisashi MASUDA. --- Constructing a Database of Japanese Compound Words: Some Observations on the Morphological Structures of Three- and Four-Kanji Compound Words

MELKA, Tomi S. and Robert M. SCHOCH. --- A Case in Point: Communication with Unknown Intelligence/s

MORIOKA, Tomohiko. --- Viewpoints on Structure Description of Chinese Character

MYERS, James. --- Levels of Structure within Chinese Character Constituents

SCHOCH, Robert M. and Tomi S. MELKA. --- A “Sacred Amulet from Easter Island – 1885/6 –”: Analyzing Enigmatic Glyphic Characters in the Context of the rongorongo Script

VERHEIJEN, Lieke. --- The Effects of Emoji and Emoticons in Webcare

VÉRY, Dalma. --- The Mediality of Typography and Textual Space

VLACHOU, Irene and Laurence PENNEY. --- Parametric Fallback Fonts for the Web

Presentation Modalities:
Oral presentations are organized as in physical conferences: one or more speakers present their work online and are followed by all registered participants. After the presentation questions can be asked. Oral presentations are recorded and will be posted on the conference's Web site.

Poster presentations are virtual rooms where speakers can present their work and interact with registered participants visiting the room. Poster sessions are held simultaneously and registered participants can freely join or leave any virtual room during the session. Poster sessions are not recorded but material chosen by speakers can be posted on the conference's Web site.

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