Lecture 'Novel Perspectives on Communication Practices in Antiquity'

For whom
Employees
When
03-10-2019 08:45 to 05-10-2019 13:00
Where
Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent
Language
English
Organizer
ERC project Everyday Writing in Graeco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt (I – VIII AD). A Socio-Semiotic Study of Communicative Variation – EVWRIT, Vakgroep Taalkunde, Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte
Contact
geert.demol@ugent.be
Website
https://www.novelperspectives.ugent.be/
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The main aim of this conference is to explore to what extent it is possible to found a discipline such as historical social-semiotics.

The main aim of this conference, which forms the opening event of the ERC-project ‘Everyday writing in Graeco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt. A socio-semiotic study of communicative variation’ (2018-2023; www.evwrit.ugent.be), is to explore to what extent it is possible and desirable to found a discipline such as historical social-semiotics, parallel to historical socio-linguistics. Such a novel, interdisciplinary approach is particularly relevant for ‘everyday’ documentary texts: since these texts represent autographs, their external characteristics can also be brought into the interpretation. Other external characteristics to be considered as expressions of social meaning (functioning as ‘semiotic resources’) are – but are not limited to – writing material, document format, and language choice. Their analysis reveals information concerning hierarchy, status and social relations.