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Languages in Europe and their diachronies is a blended-learning programme that consists of an intensive online winter school (February 2021), an online workshop and an intensive summer school that will take place on the island of Naxos, Cyclades, Greece (July 2021).

This CIVIS course is opened to advanced Bachelor students (with knowledge of at least two ancient/medieval languages), Master students and Phd students studying in the fields of Linguistics, Languages (Classical Languages - Medieval, Modern European Languages), History, Archaeology, Classics or Medieval Literature.

Course dates: Feb to July 2021 
(the specific programme is detailed below)

Application deadline: 15 January 2021

The school will introduce the students to an interdisciplinary way of studying the past and present of languages, focusing on ancient and medieval European languages.

Moreover, students will be also be involved in small linguistic and computational historical linguistic projects aiming at an advanced knowledge of the methodology of describing, analyzing and explaining the grammar and the development of ancient languages. Students will acquire advanced knowledge of the modern theoretical approaches to the study of ancient languages, both in relation to the analysis of their grammar and to the examination of the correlations between society. The students will also be introduced to the methodology of computational and statistical analysis of ancient Indo-European languages and the challenges of linking digital heritage data with historical linguistic studies.

Programme 

  • Online winter school: Linguistic and computational historical linguistic intensive classes, lectures and masterclasses aiming at an advanced knowledge of the methodology of describing, analyzing and explaining the grammar and the development of ancient languages.
  • Online workshop: Small computational historical linguistic projects “From texts to grammar”.
  • Summer school (Naxos, Greece): Linguistic and language intensive classes aiming at an advanced knowledge of the modern theoretical approaches to the study of ancient languages, both in relation to the analysis of their grammar and to the examination of the correlations between society (for instance, in the cases of language contact), culture and linguistic development.

Dates:

  • Online winter school: 3-10 February 2021
  • Online workshop (small computational historical linguistic projects): February-June 2021 (exact dates to be announced)
  • Summer school: 25-31 July 2021, Naxos, Greece

Undergraduate students:

BA classes and lectures of the online winter school and the summer school are open to Bachelor students at the CIVIS member Universities majoring in Linguistics, Languages (Classical Languages - Medieval, Modern European Languages), History, Archaeology, Classics or Medieval Literature.  

Postgraduate students:

Masterclasses and lectures of the online winter school and the summer school are open to MA and PhD students at the CIVIS member Universities majoring in  Linguistics, Languages (Classical Languages - Medieval, Modern European  Languages), History, Archaeology, Classics or Medieval Literature.

The application deadline is 15 January 2021. 

To apply for this mobility course, please send an email to nlavidas@uoa.gr. Please include a short statement specifying the reasons for your interest in the online winter school & workshop and the summer school in English.

The intensive online winter school will be offered via Zoom and will take place 3-10 February 2021. The workshop (small computational historical linguistic projects) will be offered via Zoom and will take place between February and June 2021 (dates and details to be announced).

The intensive summer school will take place 25-31 July 2021 on the island of Naxos  (local organizing institution: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens). Arrival and the welcoming session on July 25th. During afternoon sessions 27th-29th  participants will present their work and research projects. Closing session and final discussion on July 31st. 

Students will be able to earn up to 10 ECTS from the online winter school, the workshop and the summer school. To achieve this, BA students will have to participate actively, complete small assignments, present a research article in class, and prepare a 20-25-page essay; MA and PhD students will have to participate actively, present research findings in class, complete small assignments and prepare a 20-25-page  research essay.

Nikolaos Lavidas

Nikolaos Lavidas is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the National and  Kapodistrian University of Athens (Department of Language-Linguistics, Faculty of  English, School of Philosophy). His research covers a range of topics associated with  Indo-European historical linguistics and the directions of language change (in particular the development of transitivity and voice in Indo-European languages),  syntax-semantics interface, (historical) language contact and historical corpora.

Igor Yanovich

Igor Yanovich is a computational historical linguist (Emmy Noether research group "Modal systems in the historical Slavic languages: formal semantics, micro-variation,  language change and language contact", Universität Tübingen), with interests in evolutionary approaches to language change, linguistic phylogenetics, semantics and pragmatics, and interdisciplinary collaborations for uncovering the multifaceted past of human communities.  

Antonio R. Revuelta Puigdollers

Antonio R. Revuelta Puigdollers is Associate Professor of Ancient and Modern Greek at the Autonomous University of Madrid and a sworn translator of Modern Greek.  His main research areas are the semantics, syntax and pragmatics of Greek; his work also includes incursions into other languages such as Latin. He is the co-author of a  new syntax of Ancient Greek and has authored several entries in Brill’s  Encyclopaedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics.

Artemij Keidan

Artemij Keidan is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the Italian Institute of Oriental  Studies (Sapienza University, Rome). His main areas of expertise include the history of grammatical thought, Indo-European morphology, philosophy of language, and  issues in syntax and phonology, both general and applied to ancient (such as  Sanskrit, Latin, Gothic, Slavic languages) and modern languages.