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14th Trends in Classics International Conference
05.03.2021 - 07.03.2021 
Université Aristote de Thessalonique - Thessalonique
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Information signalée par Georgios K. Giannakis

14th Trends in Classics International Conference

Historical Linguistics and Classical Philology


Thessaloniki, 5-7 March 2021



FRIDAY, March 5

09:45-10:00: Opening remarks and practical information

10:00-11:30 First Session: Greek Linguistics and Philology I

Albio Cesare Cassio (Rome)
Old morphology in disguise: Homeric episynaloephe, Ζῆν(α), and the fate of IE instrumentals.

Andreas Willi (Oxford)
The σχῆμα Σοφόκλειον between philological synchrony and linguistic diachrony

Lara Pagani (Genova)
“Not according to our usage…”. Linguistic awareness in the Hellenistic ecdotic practice on Homer

11:45-13:15 Second Session: Greek Lexicography

Olga Tribulato (Venice)
Greek lexicography between philology and linguistics: A look at Atticist lexica and their medieval reception

Wojciech Sowa (Poznań)
Ancient Greek lexica and so called “fragmentary attested languages”

Panagiotis Filos (Ioannina)
Ancient lexicography and modern philological scholarship: Some remarks on ancient dialect(ologic)al scholia

13:30-14:30 Third Session: Greek Linguistics I: Dialects

Julián Méndez Dosuna (Salamanca)
The color purple: Did the renowned fabrics from Amorgos ever exist?

Paolo Poccetti (Rome)
Greek numeral systems in Southern Italy: Convergences and divergences

16:00-17:30 Fourth Session: Greek Linguistics and Philology II

Daniel Kölligan (Würzburg)
Pindar's genius or Homeric words? The interplay of synchronic and diachronic analysis in Greek philology and linguistics

Eduard Meusel (Munich)
A song of milk and honey: The poetic transformation of an ancient ritual drink in Pindar

Anna Bonifazi (Cologne)
Old and new pragmaphilology

17:45-19:15 Fifth Session: Greek Linguistics and Philology III: the Homeric Text

Emilio Crespo (Madrid)
‘And the will of Zeus was fulfilled' (Iliad 1.5): Philology and historical linguistics in action

Joshua T. Katz (Princeton)
Mending οὐλομένην (Iliad 1.2)
Rutger J. Allan (Amsterdam)
Localizing caesuras in the Homeric hexameter. A functional-cognitive approach.


10:00-11:30 First Session: Latin Linguistics I

Harm Pinkster (Amsterdam)
Evidence for word order change in Latin

Wolfgang de Melo (Oxford)
Varro's De lingua Latina: Etymological theory and practice

Evangelos Karakasis (Thessaloniki)
Latin linguistics and Neronian pastoral revisited

12:00-14:00 Second Session: Latin Linguistics II

Olga Spevak (Toulouse)
Towards a unified account of the ab urbe condita construction in Latin and Ancient Greek

Piera Molinelli (Bergamo)
New contents in old languages: Greek and Latin (and other languages) in the first Christian letters

Béla Adamik (Budapest)
Romanisation and Latinisation of the Roman Empire in the light of data in the Computerized Historical Linguistic Database of the Latin Inscriptions of the Imperial Age

David Langslow (Manchester)
The interplay of philology and linguistics in the editing of a Late Latin medical translation

15:30-17:30 Third Session: Greek Linguistics II: Syntax and Pragmatics

Marina Benedetti (Siena)
On διδάσκειν ‘teach' between linguistics and philology

Jesús de la Villa (Madrid)
Ideological change and syntactic change: The relationship between semantics and syntax in the assignation of semantic roles

Pierluigi Cuzzolin (Bergamo)
Definiteness in Ancient Greek

Luz Conti (Madrid)
On the use of first person in Euripides' Medea and Electra

17:45-19:15 Fourth Session: Greek Linguistics III: Diachrony

Brian D. Joseph (Ohio)
The Greek Augment — What this amazingly enduring element tells us about language change in general and vice-versa

Mark Janse (Ghent)
The iteration of the iterative suffix -sḱ- from Ionic to Cappadocian Greek

Sara Kaczko (Rome)
Inherited “Doric” [a:], non-Attic vocalism, and Attic poetic traditions

SUNDAY, March 7

10:00-11:30 First Session: Greek Corpora and Papyri

Io Manolessou (Athens)
Investigating the history of the Greek language through corpora: Two case studies

Klaas Bentein (Ghent)
In search of the individual: Norm-breaking in Greek papyrus letters

Marja Vierros (Helsinki)
How to build a historical digital grammar and why? A corpus of Greek papyri as a test case

11:45-13:45 Second Session: Glossophilological Concerns

Richard Hunter (Cambridge)
The Inscriptional Turn

Raquel Fornieles (Madrid)
The concept of ‘news' in Ancient Greek literature

Georgios K. Giannakis (Thessaloniki)
‘Slaughter' and ‘eat': Indo-European *(s)bhag- and the meeting ground of historical linguistics and philology


Organizing Committee:
Georgios K. Giannakis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Emilio Crespo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid/Fundación Pastor)
Jesús de la Villa (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Stavros Frangoulidis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Antonios Rengakos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki/Academy of Athens)

Conference description:
It has been argued that historical linguistics is the child of classical philology, yet the borders of the two disciplines have not always been so clearly defined or delineated, while their history testifies to a turbulent coexistence, sometimes demonstrating a cross-fertilizing collaboration and other times taking centrifugal paths, but always moving along a ‘love-and-hate' course. The debate is long-standing and well alive today. The conference revisits this relation aspiring to address its various aspects and ramifications, investigate the wide range of applications of the linguistic method in the philological analysis of classical texts, as well as explore new venues of the contacts between the two disciplines and try to further this collaboration into areas mutually beneficial to both fields. In this spirit, the participants contribute studies showing new results that can be reached and that open new perspectives in the present-day research using the tools and methods of historical linguistics applied to the temporal span, the geographical area and the languages that are of interest to today's classical philology understood in a broad sense as the knowledge of classical antiquity.

Organisation : Georgios K. Giannakis, Emilio Crespo, Jesus de la Villa, Antonios Rengakos, Stavros Frangoulidis
Contact : Georgios K. Giannakis: ggianak[at]


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