December 1, 2016


09.00-18.00 Registration
09.30-09.45 Mark Janse & Geert Jacobs, Head of the Department of Linguistics (welcome)
09.45-10.15 Klaas Bentein (Ghent University)
Introduction: Varieties of Post-classical and Byzantine Greek
10.15-11.15 Plenary lecture (Martti Leiwo, University of Helsinki)
Chair: Klaas Bentein
11.15-11.45 Coffee & tea break
11.45-13.15 Session 1: Linguistic variation in Post-classical and Byzantine Greek
Chair: Emilio Crespo
11.45-12.15 Carla Bruno (Università per Stranieri, Siena)
Tense forms in Greek Ptolemaic papyri: epistolary uses and diachronic drifts
12.15-12.45 Patrick James (University of Cambridge)
Greek in the Desert City: terms of address and directives in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers and the Spiritual Meadow of John Moschos
12.45-13.15 Julie Boeten (Ghent University)
Metrical Varieties in the Ὥσπερ ξένοι Book Epigrams
13.15-14.30 Lunch Break
14.30-15.30 Session 2: Greek in Egypt (part 1)
Chair: Martti Leiwo
14.30-15.00 Victoria Fendel (University of Oxford)
Syntactic variation in Egypt: Bilingual interference or the emergence of a regional variety?
15.00-15.30 Sofia Torallas Tovar (University of Chicago)
Lexicographers and grammarians as sources for the study of Egyptian Greek
15.30-16.00 Coffee & tea break
16.00-17.00 Session 3: Greek in Egypt (part 2)
Chair: James Aitken
16.00-16.30 Emilio Crespo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
The letter of Emperor Claudius to Alexandrians and the archive of Nemesion
16.30-17.00 Marja Vierros (University of Helsinki)
Idiolect in focus: brothers in the Memphis Serapeion
17.00- Reception
19.30 Conference dinner at Het Pand (Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent)



December 2, 2016


09.00-10.00 Plenary Lecture (Geoffrey Horrocks, University of Cambridge)
Chair: Mark Janse
10.00-10.30 Coffee & tea break
10.30-12.30 Session 4: Analysing variation in later Byzantine Greek
Chair: Brian Joseph
10.30-11.00 Staffan Wahlgren (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Describing, Narrating, Arguing: Text Type and Linguistic Variation in 10th c. Greek
11.00-11.30 Theodoros Markopoulos (University of Patras)
Manuscripts, genre, dialect or something else? Variation in Late Medieval Greek
11.30-12.00 Martin Hinterberger (University of Cyprus)
From highly classicizing to ‘usual prose’: The Metaphrasis of Niketas Choniates’ History
12.00-12.30 Mark Janse (Ghent University)
Orally Transmitted Songs as Evidence of Dialectal Variation in Medieval Greek
12.30-13.30 Lunch break
13.30-15.30 Session 5: Registers of Post-classical and Early Byzantine Greek
Chair: Geoffrey Horrocks
13.30-14.00 Jerneja Kavčič (University of Ljubljana)
Variation and register in Early Byzantine Greek: expressions of anteriority in non-finite constructions
14.00-14.30 Klaas Bentein (Ghent University)
Extending the Functional Sociolinguistic paradigm? ‘Formal’ and ‘informal’ as varieties of Post-classical and Early Byzantine Greek
14.30-15.00 Joanne Stolk (Ghent University)
Variation at multiple linguistic levels: the co-occurrence of phonological and morphological variants in Greek documentary papyri
15.00-15.30 Aikaterini Koroli (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
Imposing psychological pressure in papyrus request letters
15.30-16.00 Coffee & tea break
16.00-17.00 Session 6: The language of religion
Chair: Sofia Torallas Tovar
16.00-16.30 Brian Joseph (The Ohio State University)
Jewish Greek of Constantinople as a religiolect
16.30-17.00 James Aitken (University of Cambridge)
Variation between Septuagint books in the context of post-classical Greek
17.00-17.30 Concluding remarks (Mark Janse)