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Everyday Writing in Graeco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt (I - VIII AD). A Socio-Semiotic Study of Communicative Variation

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Project "EVWRIT" data sheet

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city: GENT
postcode: 9000

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Total cost 1˙476˙250 €
 EC max contribution 1˙476˙250 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-06-01   to  2023-05-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT GENT BE (GENT) coordinator 1˙476˙250.00


 Project objective

This five-year project aims to generate a paradigm shift in the understanding of Graeco-Roman and Late Antique communication. Non-literary, ‘documentary’ texts from Ancient Egypt such as letters, petitions and contracts have provided and continue to provide a key witness for our knowledge of the administration, education, economy, etc. of Ancient Egypt. This project argues that since documentary texts represent originals, their external characteristics should also be brought into the interpretation: elements such as handwriting, linguistic register or writing material transmit indirect social messages concerning hierarchy, status, and power relations, and can therefore be considered ‘semiotic resources’. The project’s driving hypothesis is that communicative variation – variation that is functionally insignificant but socially significant (e.g. there are ~ there’s ~ it’s a lot of people) – enables the expression of social meaning. The main aim of this project is to analyse the nature of this communicative variation. To this end, a multidisciplinary team of six researchers (one PI, one post-doc, and four PhD’s) will apply recent insights form socio-semiotic and socio-linguistic theory to a corpus of Graeco-Roman and Late Antique documentary texts (I – VIII AD) by means of a three-level approach: (i) an open-access database of annotated documentary texts will be created; (ii) the ‘semiotic potential’ of the different semiotic resources that play a role in documentary writing will be analysed; (iii) the interrelationships between the different semiotic resources will be studied. The project will have a significant scientific impact: (i) it will be the first to offer a holistic perspective towards the ‘meaning’ of documentary texts; (ii) the digital tool will open up new ways to investigate Ancient texts; (iii) it will make an important contribution to current socio-semiotic and socio-linguistic research; (iv) it will provide new insights about humans as social beings.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Klaas Bentein
P.Herm. 6 (IV n. Chr.): Brief van Besodorus aan Theophanes
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Parels in schrift: Huldeboek voor Marc De Groote. 2020-02-05
2018 Klaas Bentein, Metİn Bağrıaçık
On The Third Type of Headed Relative Clause in Post-Classical and Early Byzantine Greek
published pages: 529-554, ISSN: 0079-1636, DOI: 10.1111/1467-968x.12137
Transactions of the Philological Society 116/3 2020-01-30
2019 Klaas Bentein, Yasmine Amory
Everyday writing in Graeco-Roman and late antique Egypt : outline of a new research programme
published pages: p.17-27, ISSN: 2410-0951, DOI: 10.25592/uhhfdm.183
2019 Klaas Bentein
Dimensions of social meaning in Post-classical Greek
published pages: 119-167, ISSN: 1566-5844, DOI: 10.1163/15699846-01902006
Journal of Greek Linguistics 19/2 2020-01-30

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