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CALL. 05.06.2016: Language Change in Epic Greek and other Oral Traditions - Leiden (Netherlands)



LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Leiden University (Leinden, The Netherlands)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Lucien van Beek, Alwin Kloekhorst, Sasha Lubotsky, Tijmen Pronk

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The language of Homer (epic Greek) contains linguistic forms from different periods and dialects, as well as numerous artificial forms. Epic Greek is therefore commonly described as an artificial language, a Kunstsprache. This conference is dedicated to language change in the Greek epic tradition and in other oral traditions. The leading question is: to what extent can oral traditions develop autonomously?

We welcome contributions on topics relating to the study of language change in epic Greek and in similar oral traditions. Papers on the genesis or history of the Homeric (Avestan, Vedic etc.) texts are also welcome, provided that they shed light on issues of language change.

Key note speakers:

  • Alain Blanc (Rouen)

  • Albio Cassio (Roma)

  • Jeremy Rau (Harvard)

  • Rudolf Wachter (Lausanne / Basel)

  • Andreas Willi (Oxford)


  • Titles and abstracts submission: no later than Wednesday 15 June, 2016 to

  • Notification of acceptance: Friday 8 July, 2016.

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  • For the full call, see the conference website:

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