[Humanist] 30.810 events: digital poetry; ancient Greek corpora; libraries

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 810.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Dariya Rafiyenko <dasha_raf at hotmail.com>                 (111)
        Subject: Call for Papers: A corpus and usage-based approach to
                Ancient Greek

  [2]   From:    "Lucky, Shannon" <shannon.lucky at usask.ca>                 (14)
        Subject: CFP: Access Library Technology Conference (deadline Apr 5th)

  [3]   From:    Elena González-Blanco García                            (25)
        Subject: Worshop: "Building a common model for semantic
                interoperability in the digital poetry ecosystems". Madrid,
                15-17 March, UNED or online

        Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2017 08:44:18 +0000
        From: Dariya Rafiyenko <dasha_raf at hotmail.com>
        Subject: Call for Papers: A corpus and usage-based approach to Ancient Greek

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS: A corpus and usage-based approach to Ancient 
Greek: from the Archaic period until the Koiné
Riga, University of Latvia, April 12-14, 2018

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 (inter alia, Ungerer & 
Schmid 1999: 23) – are not easily dealt with here, exactly as ongoing 
change (cf. Hopper (1987)’s “Emergent Grammar”) as well as aspects of 
actual usage.

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. The latter is, in turn, considered to be constrained by 
general cognitive processes such as automatization, analogy or 
categorization as well as sociolinguistic factors. 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.

Since linguistic experiments or grammaticality judgments are not 
available to linguists working on Ancient Greek the research on it has 
been inevitably corpus-driven and crucially based on language use (and, 
e.g., not on constructed examples). Moreover, it is well-known in 
Classical Philology that different authors represent sometimes not only 
different dialects (as, for example, Herodotus with his Ionic based 
variety) but also different styles which orient themselves onto 
different stages of language development. The strong urge towards 
imitation of the previous literary tradition which was perceived as a 
model is a serious confounding factor for the linguistic research. For 
example, Plutarch – even though in principle belonging to the Roman 
period – imitates a number of features from previous periods. 
Furthermore, other factors may also obscure the study as, for example, 
the phenomenon of text reuse in the historiographical tradition where 
texts of earlier authors were repeatedly reused as sources and passages 
from them – sometimes with, sometimes without changes – were integrated 
into later works. This dialectally and socially based variation creates 
a serious confusion when analysing Ancient Greek from a grammarian’s 

It seems, however, possible to overcome the potential inconsistency of 
the data with which we are confronted by exploiting tools and methods 
from usage-based approaches such as measuring statistically significant 
effects of a particular pattern for a particular period as opposed to 
other patterns and periods. This can allow us to gloss over the 
particular characteristics of the writings of individual authors, while 
still being able to establish trends that are typical for a particular 
period of Ancient Greek. This kind of approach has been successfully 
adopted in, for example, Bentein (2016) and Crellin (2012) in relation 
to diachronic trends in the Greek verb.

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 but, unfortunately, it is not 
open-access and it is not tagged for linguistic purposes.

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.

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.

Bentein, Klaas. 2016. Verbal Periphrasis in Ancient Greek: Have- and Be- 
Constructions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Bybee, Joan L. 2010: Language, usage and cognition. Cambridge: Cambridge 
University Press.
Crellin, Robert. 2012. The Greek Perfect Active System: 200 BC - AD 150. 
University of Cambridge Ph.D. Thesis.
Hopper, Paul 1987: Emergent Grammar, Proceedings of the Thirteenth 
Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society 13, 139-157.
Ungerer, Friedrich & Hans-Jörg Schmid 1999: An Introduction to Cognitive 
Linguistics. London: Longman.

INVITED SPEAKERS (alphabetically):

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

- 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

FURTHER INFORMATION: http://rafiyenko.info/riga2018/

        Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2017 19:10:29 +0000
        From: "Lucky, Shannon" <shannon.lucky at usask.ca>
        Subject: CFP: Access Library Technology Conference (deadline Apr 5th)

Access 2017 Library Technology Conference - http://accessconference.ca/

The 2017 Program Committee invites proposals for participation in the upcoming Access Conference, which will be held September 27-29th 2017 in downtown Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel overlooking the scenic South Saskatchewan River, hosted by the University of Saskatchewan Library.

Access is Canada’s premier annual library technology conference bringing librarians, technicians, developers, programmers, and managers from all library sectors together to discuss cutting-edge library technologies. Whether this is your first Access conference or your 25th there will be plenty of opportunities to share ideas and learn from each other!

Access 2017 is a single stream conference featuring exciting keynotes, presentations, lightning talks, a hackathon, and lots of time for networking and social events.

We are seeking proposals for:

  *   20 min presentations (15 min presentation, ~5 min questions)
     *   These could be demos, theory or practice, case studies, original research, etc.
     *   These submissions will be double blind peer-reviewed
  *   30 min panel sessions
  *   5 min lightning talks


Questions? Contact us at accesslibcon at gmail.com


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        Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 01:01:36 +0000
        From: Elena González-Blanco García
        Subject: Worshop: "Building a common model for semantic interoperability in the digital poetry ecosystems". Madrid, 15-17 March, UNED or online

Dear colleagues,

  We are pleased to invite you to the workshop that we will be holding as part of the ERC POSTDATA project: Poetry Standardization and Linked Open Data: "Building a common model for semantic interoperability in the digital poetry ecosystems".

The Workshop will take place from 15 to 17 March 2017 at the Faculty of Humanities of the UNED, and will be organized by the Laboratory of Innovation in Digital Humanities LINHD. The event is part of the events celebration of the 10 years’ anniversary of the European Research Council: ERC week and Beyond.

The guests at the workshop are the representatives of 10 databases, of the 25 with which the POSTDATA team collaborates, a relationship that already comes from previous projects as DIREPO. The POSTDATA collaborators are poetic projects of long standing and tradition that have been working in the philological field in different languages and with different approaches to gather information to create a common conceptual model. The workshop is designed over three days with open lectures to the public in the morning and private work sessions for the team and project partners in the afternoon.

You can find more information about this event at the following link:



Best regards,

Elena González-Blanco García
Directora del Laboratorio de Innovación en Humanidades Digitales



 Nos complace invitaros al workhsop que celebraremos en ámbito del proyecto ERCPOSTDATA: Poetry Standardization and Linked Open Data: “Building a common model for semantic interoperability in the digital poetry ecosystems”.

El Workshop tendrá lugar entre los días 15 y 17 de marzo de 2017 en la Facultad de Humanidades de la UNED, y será organizado por el Laboratorio de Innovación en Humanidades Digitales LINHD dentro de los eventos de la celebración de los 10 años de aniversario del European Research Council: ERC week and Beyond.

Los invitados al taller sonlos representantes de 10 bases de datos, de los 25 con los que elequipo de POSTDATA colabora, relación que viene ya desde proyectos anterior escomo DIREPO. Se trata de proyectos poéticos de larga andadura y tradición quellevan trabajando en el ámbito en diferentes lenguas y con distintas aproximaciones para recopilar información que permita crear un modelo conceptual Común. El taller está diseñado a lo largo de tres días con ponencias abiertas al público por las mañana y sesiones privadas de trabajo para el equipo y los socios del proyecto por latarde.

Podéis encontrar más información sobre este evento en el siguiente enlace: http://postdata.linhd.es/workshop/

Un saludo muy cordial,

Elena González-Blanco García
Directora del Laboratorio de Innovación en Humanidades Digitales



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