Joanne Vera Stolk

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Visiting address Blindernveien 31 Georg Morgenstiernes hus 0313 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0315 OSLO


After the conquest of Alexander the Great, the city of Alexandria became an important place for scholarly debate during the Hellenistic period (323-31 BCE). Alexandrine grammarians studied Greek literature and the Greek language. During Roman times (31 BCE -284 CE), the so-called Atticist grammarians tried to define the norms for 'correct Greek' based on Classical Attic literature from hundreds of years earlier. These conservative norms have influenced the surviving post-Classical Greek literature. However, their impact on everyday writing has hardly been studied. 

During this project I will study the post-Classical Greek language in documentary sources from Graeco-Roman Egypt, such as writing on papyrus and potsherds. I will use an important new resource, namely linguistic revisions by ancient scribes. Did the writers of these non-literary texts follow linguistic norms? And if so, what kind of rules did they follow? How far did the influence of the Atticist grammarians reach?

The project will be executed at the Universities of Ghent, Leuven and Oslo.

Current positions

2017 – 2020 Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow (NFR COFUND), Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Arts and Ideas (IFIKK), University of Oslo, Norway

2016 – 2021 Postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Linguistic Department, Ghent University, Belgium

Work experience

2016, August 15 – September 30 Senior Research Librarian, Papyrus collection of the Oslo University Library, University of Oslo, Norway

2015 – 2016 Doctoral research fellow on completion grant, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo, Norway

2012 – 2015 Doctoral research fellow, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo, Norway

2010 – 2012 Freelancer project Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum Online, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands

2007 – 2009 Student-assistant Leiden Papyrological Institute


2015 – 2016 University of Oslo 1-year Pedagogical Training Programme in Educational Theory and Practice, Institute for Pedagogy, University of Oslo

2012 – 2015 Doctoral degree, Dept. of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo

Thesis title: Case Variation in Greek Papyri. Retracing dative case syncretism in the language of the Greek documentary papyri and ostraca from Egypt (300 BCE-800 CE)

Supervisor: Prof. dr. Anastasia Maravela, University of Oslo; 

Co-Supervisor: Dr. Trevor Evans, Macquarie University, Sydney

2009 – 2012 Research MA Linguistics: Structure and Variation of the Languages of the World, Leiden University (cum laude)

2010 – 2011 MA Ancient History, University of Leuven (magna cum laude)

2006 – 2009 BA Comparative Indo-European Linguistics, Leiden University

2005 – 2009 BA Classics, Leiden University

2004 – 2005 Leiden Advanced Pre-University Program for Top Students, Papyrological Institute, Leiden University

Forthcoming publications

“Itacism from Zenon to Dioscoros: scribal corrections of <ι> and <ει> in Greek papyri”, in Sofía Torallas Tovar et al. (eds.) Proceedings of the 28th Congress of Papyrology, Barcelona 2016 Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona 2019), 662-669

“Combining linguistics, palaeography and papyrology: the use of the prepositions eis, prós and épi in Greek papyri”, in Ilja Seržant and Dariya Rafiyenko (eds.), Postclassical Greek: Intersections of Philology and Linguistics, Trends in Linguistics, De Gruyter

“Register, formality and orthographic variation in the corpus of Greek documentary papyri”, in Klaas Bentein (ed.), Varieties of Post-Classical and Byzantine Greek

“Language contact and case variation: interpreting evidence for dative case syncretism in Greek documentary papyri” in: Trevor Evans and Genevieve Young (eds.), Koine Greek and the Evidence of Documentary Sources

with Ágnes Mihálykó and Céline Grassien, “Egyptians hearing Greek: explaining non-standard orthography in liturgical texts from Thebes”, in Anastasia Maravela and Ágnes Mihálykó (eds.), New Perspectives on Religion, Education, and Culture at Christian Western Thebes (VI-VIII)

“Scribal revision in the process of text production. A linguistic typology of scribal corrections in Greek documentary papyri”, in Sonja Dahlgren, Hilla Halla-aho, Martti Leiwo and Marja Vierros (eds.), Scribes and Language Use in the Graeco-Roman World. Cambridge University Press


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  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2018). Review of Nicola Reggiani, Digital Papyrology I: Methods, Tools and Trends.. Bryn Mawr Classical Review.  ISSN 1063-2948. Full text in Research Archive.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2018). Scribal awareness of contact-induced phonological features in Greek documentary papyri from Egypt.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2018). Taalhippies en taalnazi’s in de oudheid. Typische schrijffouten en verbeteringen in Griekse papyri.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2017). Coptic papyri from the collection of the Oslo University Library.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2017). Dative alternation and dative case syncretism: the evidence from Greek papyrus letters from Egypt.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2017). Find the corrections! Scribal corrections in documentary papyri from Egypt.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2017). Koine Greek from a scribal perspective.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2017). P. Oslo inv. 1477 revisited.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2017). Presentation of papyrus editions P.Oslo inv. 377, 388, 401, 533, 793, 908, 1477 and 1667.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2017). Scribal corrections from Zenon to Dioscoros.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2017). Scribal corrections in Greek papyri from Egypt.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2017). Spellingscorrecties in Griekse papyri uit Egypte.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2016). Can scribes make mistakes?.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2016). How to use the dative case? Editorial regularization in Greek documentary papyri.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2016). How to write proper Greek? Scribal revision vs. editorial regularization.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2016). The encoding of animate Goal in Greek papyri: dative, accusative and prepositions.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2016). Variants in practice: scribal revision in Greek documentary papyri.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2016). Variation at multiple linguistic levels: the co-occurrence of phonological and morphological variants in Greek documentary papyri.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2015). Subscriptions to a Coptic deed of donation (P.Oslo inv. 413).
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2015). The replacement of the personal dative in goal-oriented roles in Greek papyri.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera & Øksdal, Alf Tore (2015, 14. desember). Språkforvirring tok livet av dativ kasus i gresk. [Internett].
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2014). Egyptian-Greek language contact and case interchange in Greek papyri from Egypt.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2014). Linguistic variation in Greek papyri: a new quantitative tool for study.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2014). P.Palau Ribes inv. 367 and 443.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2014). The role of genre for the study of dative case syncretism in Greek papyri from Egypt.
  • Kildahl, Mari; Stolk, Joanne Vera & Maravela, Anastasia (2013, 08. juli). New findings on the last poet of antiquity. [Internett].
  • Kildahl, Mari; Stolk, Joanne Vera & Maravela, Anastasia (2013, 20. juli). Nytt funn om antikkens siste poet. [Internett].
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2013). A Diachronic Account of Dative by Genitive Replacement in Papyrological Greek.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2013). Adjectival participles in the possessive DP: ὑπάρχω + dative or genitive?.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2013). Language Change in the Papyri: dative by genitive replacement in Greek.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2013). Possessors and affectees: combining the semantics of the dative and genitive case in the papyri.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2012). A piece of official correspondence from the Roman Fayum: P.Leid.inv.571.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2012). Authorial and editorial correction as an indicator of linguistic change - dative replacement in the papyri.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2012). P.Leid.inv.571 II and fallen tree procedures in Roman Egypt.
  • Stolk, Joanne Vera (2012). The decline of the dative: a diachronic approach to the language of the Oslo papyri.

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