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Internasjonal grafematikk-konferanse ved UiA: ScriptandSound-5

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UiA-konferansen "From the Maya Script to the Germanic Runes – Case Studies on the Typology of Scripts and Research on Writing Systems“ går av stabelen ved Fevik Strandhotel den 25.–28. oktober 2022.

Konferansen inngår i serien ScriptandSound / LautSchriftSprache og belyser Historisk grafematikk som et tverrfaglig forskningsfelt mellom filologi, språkhistorie, epigrafikk, paleografi, semiotikk, kulturantropologi og andre fag.

Mens de fire første LSS-konferansene som ble holdt i Italia, Sveits og Tyskland overveiende behandlet alfabetiske skriftsystemer (runene innbefattet), utvider denne UiA-konferansen fokuset med flere områder, f.eks. Nord- og Sør-Amerika, Kina, India, samt ulike tidshorisonter: fra den lineære elamittskriften rundt 2200 f.Kr. til Cherokee-skrift på 1800-tallet e.Kr.

Hovedmålet med konferansen er å utdype vår forståelse av skrift-typologi og vidt forskjellige skriftsystemer som gjenspeiler verdens språk.

Utdypende om konferansen

Aim and focus of the LSS-5

From the Maya Script to the Germanic Runes – Case Studies on the Typology of Scripts and Research on Writing Systems

University of Agder, Fevik Conference Hotel, October 25–28, 2022

The conference and book series LautSchriftSprache/ScriptandSound is devoted to Historical Graphemics. It promotes research on the general structures of documented scripts and writing systems, both synchronically and diachronically. Thus it explores changes in the language systems and their graphemic responses and consequences within individual writing systems, scripts and orthographies. As a multidisciplinary research field, Historical Graphemics bridges a gap between philology, language history, epigraphy, palaeography, semiotics and other disciplines. Historical Graphemics is a research field in the making; most importantly it constitutes an interface between the above fields and has been gaining in profile, not least through the LSS conference series.

The fifth LSS conference continues this trend in the now established series: The field of investigation will be further extended, including, e.g., Native American and Chinese scripts and writing systems, as well as theoretical and comparative approaches. It also presents Grapholinguistics, a recently developed research field grounded in what German-speaking scholars label Schriftlinguistik.

While the first four LSS conferences dealt predominantly with phonographical issues, and in particular with the alphabetical type of script (including the runes), the planned conference in Kristiansand will move into focus further types of script and writing systems. This will hopefully lead to a review of different constellations of language and script in geographical areas hitherto not taken into consideration (e.g., North and South America, China, India) as well as of different time lines (from the Linear Elamite writing around 2200 BC to the Cherokee syllabary in the 19th century AD).

The major aim of the conference is this: By including independently developed systems such as the Maya script, it will hopefully deepen our understanding of script typology and historico-cultural dimensions. For writing systems must be regarded as products of different cultures and contact situation, meaning that Historical Graphemics cannot ignore language, culture and communication.

The planned conference with its extraordinarily interdisciplinary circle of experts, not only on graphemics, but also on the diverse written languages, will constitute a further crucial step in the development of the field of Historical Graphemics. Here the specific constellation of scripts, writing systems and languages will be discussed in a joint forum.

For ytterligere informasjon eller spørsmål kontakt verten og arrangøren professor Michael Schulte (michaels@uia.no), eller medarrangøren professor Gaby Waxenberger (Gaby.Waxenberger@anglistik.uni-muenchen.de).

Program for konferansen:

LautSchriftSprache 5, Kristiansand–Fevik, 25.10.–28.10.2022

From the Maya Script to the Germanic Runes – Case studies on the Typology of Scripts and Research on Writing Systems

Organizer and host: Michael Schulte and Gaby Waxenberger (co-organizer)

In collaboration with Paola Cotticelli, Kerstin Kazzazi, Alessia Bauer, Alfredo Rizza and Daniel Petit (scientific advisory board)

Conference programme Tuesday 25.10. – Friday 28.10.2022

The program is subject to changes if necessary.

Tuesday 25.10

Tuesday 25.10

Tuesday 25.10

15:00h - 15:15h

Gunhild Kvåle (prodean) & Michael Schulte (host)

Opening and introduction to the LSS-5

15:15h – 16:15h

PLENARY (incl. 15 min. discussion)

Christa Dürscheid & Dimitrios Meletis

General Session/plenary: Grapholinguistics – an expanding re-search field

16:15h – 17:00h

Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze 

Number systems in archaic written languages

COFFEE BREAK: 17:00h – 17:30h



17:30h – 18:15h

Daniel Petit

Worttrennung und Übersetzungstechnik im altpreussischen Enchiridion

18:15h – 19:00h

Paola Cotticelli & Francesca Cotugno

Graphematic value of spiritus asper: continuity and change in the tradition of Medieval manuscripts




Wednesday 26.10

Wednesday 26.10

Wednesday 26.10

9:00h – 9:45h

Corinna Salomon

Marstrander revisited: early Celtic writing systems and the Runic script

9:45h – 10:30h

Adriano Rossi

An ‘alphabetic’ cuneiform writing system:  the case of Old Persian script

COFFEE BREAK 10:30h – 11:00h



11:00h – 11:45h

Gian Petro Basello, Gianni Marchesi & Francois Desset

Linear Elamite: New hypotheses

11:45h – 12:30h

Andreas Fuls

Syntactic analysis of Indus sign sequences

LUNCH BREAK: 12:30h – 14:00h



14:00h – 14:45h

Attilio Andreini

Old-Chinese ideographic script 

14:45h - 15:30h

Alfredo Rizza

The Cherokee writing system. Its historical reception between practice and ideology

COFFEE BREAK: 15:30h – 16:00h



16:00h – 16:45h

Antonio Perri

Framing space and painting sounds in Aztec writing

16:45h – 17:30h

Valerio Pisaniello

The graphematic representation of bound morphemes in the Aztec writing system

17:30h – 18:15h

Michael Mäder

Jaccard-Index und Exponent G zur Berechnung der systematischen Ähnlichkeit von Schriftsystemen: Die Fallbeispiele Norditalisch und Elamisch

20:00h – 21:00h PLENARY (incl. 15 min. discussion)

Nikolai Grube

Complex signs in Maya writing






Rune session

9:00h – 9:45h

Magnus Källström

From Gotland to Greenland – On the typology and development of the short-twig runes

9:45h – 10:30h

Sophie Heier

A difference in writing: The case of formulaic vs. non-formulaic words in Viking-age runic inscriptions in Scania

COFFEE BREAK: 10:30h – 11:00h



11:00h – 11:45h

Christiane Zimmermann

Writing in/with runes: graphetic phenomena and graphemic strategies

11:45h – 12:30h

Ute Zimmermann

To be announced later

LUNCH BREAK: 12:30h – 14:00h



14:00h – 14:45h

Sofia Pereswetoff-Morath

Amulet inscriptions and runes

14:45h – 15:30h

Alessia Bauer

The Icelandic Runica manuscripta: between tradition and adaptation

COFFEE BREAK: 15:30h – 16:00h



LATE PLENARY: 16:00h – 17:00h

Katherine Forsyth

Ogham and Pictish Symbols. The origin and development of two unusual writing systems from the Celtic West

17:00h – 17:45h

Gregor Große-Bölting

Digitale Graphematik: Zu den Möglichkeiten epigraphischer Datenbanken 

17:45h – 18:30h

Andreas Fuls 

Ist die Phaistos-Scheibe in Luwisch geschrieben? Eine epigraphische und linguistische Analyse kretischer Hieroglyphentexte

DINNER: 18:30h – 20:00h








Final session and synergy

9:00h – 9:45h

Michelle Waldispühl

A grapholinguistic view on historical cryptographic 

9:45h – 10:30h

Gaby Waxenberger

Pre-Old English and Old English Runes Corpus

10:30h – 11:15h

Kerstin Kazzazi

Attempting a typology of writing: script types, writing systems and written languages




Reiseinformasjon - Travel information

How to get to Kristiansand and to the Fevik Conference Hotel?

Here are some options and travel informations for your trip.

The Fevik Conference Hotel is located about 50 km in eastern direction from Kristiansand, close to Grimstad and Arendal (see URL Hotellet - Classic Norway).

You have two major options to get to Kristiansand and to the Fevik Conference Hotel:

  • First you may travel by ferry (e.g., Color line or Fjordline) from Hirtshals in Denmark to Kristiansand
  • Second by plane to Kjevik Airport (Kristiansand). There are several connecting flights via Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Oslo from diverse directions.

From Kjevik Airport there is a regular bus to Kristiansand city center, and there is another bus from the bus terminal in Kristiansand going to Fevik (see in particular URL 100 Rute: rutetider, holdeplasser og kart - Kristiansand Via Fevik (Oppdatert) (moovitapp.com) and Flybuss til og fra Kristiansand - Agder kollektivtrafikk (akt.no)).

Note that it is also possible to travel directly from Kjevik Airport to the Conference Hotel, but you have to change bus (Kjevik to Fevik - 2 ways to travel via bus, taxi, and car (rome2rio.com)).

You may consider to come to Kristiansand already one day before the conference starts, i.e. on Monday, 24th of October and stay one night at a nice hotel in the center of Kristiansand which is a beautiful place especially in summer. There are several nice hotels and accommodations in the city center and the vicinity, with very different prices and standards. Those of you who arrive on Monday already might meet for dinner in town at the seafood restaurant of Sjøhuset right at the seaside (see URL Sjøhuset (sjohuset.no)). We can meet there at 6 pm for instance if this is desirable, and I will be able to book a table in advance.

Konferansen er støttet av Universitetet i Agder, Fakultet for Humaniora og pedagogikk, dessuten Kungliga Gustav Adolfs Akademien för svensk folkkultur, Kungliga Humanistiska Vetenskaps-Samfundet i Uppsala og Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaftsförderung.