Exploring Ancient Languages through Corpora

The presentations are now available here

Roberto Busa, creator of the first digital corpus of Latin

The last years have seen a large growth of corpora for ancient languages, some of them quite general and available online, others created ad hoc and for specific research projects. These new tools enable us to approach the study of ancient languages in more sophisticated ways, developing empirical analyses and testing theoretical analyses against large amounts of data. The PROIEL project is now organizing a conference with the aim of bringing together scholars working within this approach. We invite submissions reporting on both synchronic and diachronic work on ancient languages, including but not limited to the following topics:

  • discourse interpretation
  • information structure
  • syntax
  • semantics
  • statistical corpus exploration

Confirmed invited speakers are:

  • Katalin Kiss (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
  • Silvia Luraghi (Università degli Studi di Pavia)
  • Ann Taylor (The University of York)

Conference venue:

The conference will be held in the P.A.Munch building, 4th floor, room 454 on Thursday June 14 and on the twelfth floor of the Niels Treschow building on Friday June 15 and Saturday June 16. Both buildings are at the Blindern campus of the University of Oslo and share the same entrance.



Transportation to the conference venue from the city centre:

The easiest way to get to the Blindern Campus from the city centre is to take the metro (line 3, 4 or 5 in westward direction) or the tram (line 17 or 18 in direction Rikshospitalet). If you come by metro you should get off at the stop called Forskningsparken. The Campus will be on your right hand side and the Niels Treschow building is the first tall building you encounter. If you come by tram, you should get off at the stop called Universitet Blindern. As soon as you’ve entered the Campus, you will have the Niels Treschow building on your right side. For more information about public transport (tickets, timetables etc.), click here.


Lunch in the university canteen at campus. Conference dinner Friday 15.

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Participants are required to book their own accommodation.

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Tags: semantics, discourse, syntax, information structure, Corpus linguistics
Published Dec. 9, 2011 4:15 PM - Last modified Sep. 21, 2016 12:57 PM