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Understanding Relations Between Scripts II: Early Alphabets - 21-22/03/2017, Cambridge (England)

This conference, the second in the Understanding Relations Between Scripts series, focuses on the development of alphabetic writing systems in the later second and earlier first millennia BC

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 21-22/03/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge (Cambridge, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Philip Boyes (University of Cambridge) ; Pippa Steele (University of Cambridge)

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Tuesday 21st March

1.30pm Introduction and welcome

1.45pm Silvia Ferrara (Rome, La Sapienza) “The Ugaritic Alphabet/s: A Typological Revolution?”

2.30pm Philip Boyes (Cambridge) “Variation in alphabetic cuneiform: Rethinking the “Phoenician” inscription from Sarepta.”

3.15pm Tea

3.45pm Ben Haring (Leiden) “Ancient Egypt and the earliest known stages of alphabetic writing.”

4.30pm End of papers

Wednesday 22nd March

9.30am Reinhard G. Lehmann (Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz)“Much ado about an implement! — How Early Alphabetic was Phoenicianised.”

10.15am Roger Woodard (Buffalo) “Vowel Representation in the Archaic Greek, Paleo-Phrygian, Old Aramaic, and Cypriot Phoenician Segmental Scripts: A Comparative Examination.”

11.00am Tea

11.30am Willemijn Waal (Leiden) “The journey from East to West. Rethinking the transmission and introduction of the alphabet to Greece.”

12.15pm Pippa Steele (Cambridge) “The development of Greek alphabets: fluctuations and standardisations.”

1.00pm Lunch

2.30pm Giorgos Bourogiannis (Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm) “Between scripts and languages: Inscribed intricacies from archaic Greek contexts.”

3.15pm Karin Tikkanen (Uppsala) “To <B> or not to <B>? Signs for voiced labials in Etruscan, Latin and Umbrian.”

4.00pm Coline Ruíz Darasse (CNRS, Bordeaux) “Writings in network? The case of Palaeohispanic scripts.”

4.45pm End of papers

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