Multilingualism, Communication and Social Reality in Pre-Modern Eurasia

Multilingualism, Communication and Social Reality in Pre-Modern Eurasia: Linguistic, Ritual, and Socio-Economic Aspects

International Workshop, organized by the Institute of Iranian Studies (IFI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) and Vienna Linguistic Society and the Austrian Academy of Sciences Press

13.12-15.12.2016, Institute of Iranian Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences

The Cyrus cylinder © The Trustees of the British Museum

Ancient societies display, in varying degrees, a multilingual environment. Among the numerous studies dealing with this issue the social implications of multilingualism has not yet received much attention. We would like to discuss six major aspects:

(a) cognitive aspects of the relation between language and social experience in the dialectic conditions of a multilingual state.
(b) religious experience and social pragmatics in the context of ancient societies
(c) attempts to impose the language of the elite upon the dependant classes, including its application for “imperialistic” purposes;
(d) studying the relevance of linguistic forms of expression for the questions of social message, institutional communication and ‘invention of traditions’ within a specific socio-political system;
(e) addressing the use and misuse of languages for establishing group identities, focussing on antagonistic social groups on various levels of a society;
(f) social dimensions of literary genres: hymnal poetry vs. epic poetry in the field of tension between social strata such as priests vs. kings-warriors.

In the framework of the conference the Austrian Academy of Sciences Press shall present the new fascicle of the Grammatica Iranica monograph series, by Rüdiger Schmitt, dedicated to the stylistics of Old Persian inscriptions and published in the Veröf­fent­li­chungen zur Iranistik series of the Sitzungsberichte der ÖAW:

Stylistics of Old Persian Royal Inscriptions

The keynote lecture on questions of multilingualism in Bactria will be delivered by Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Schmitt, Foreign Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

PROGRAMME (PDF)

December 13, 2016

till 16:30 Arrival of the participants
16:30–17:00 Registration
Opening Session – Chairman: Jens Braarvig
17:10–17:10 Florian Schwarz (Austrian Academy of Sciences): Welcome and introduction on behalf of the Institute of Iranian Studies
17:10–17:20 Hans Christian Luschützky (University of Vienna / Vienna Linguistic Society): Welcome and introduction on behalf of the Vienna Linguistic Society
17:20–17:30 Velizar Sadovski (Austrian Academy of Sciences): Rüdiger Schmitts Stilistik der altpersischen Inschriften im Kontext der Grammatica Iranica
17:30–17:45 Rüdiger Schmitt (Laboe, Germany / Austrian Academy of Sciences): Stilfiguren in den achämenidischen Königsinschriften
17:45–18:00 Tea break

Late Afternoon Session – Chairman: Florian Schwarz
18:00–18:15 Hans Christian Luschützky (Vienna Linguistic Society): Vorstellung der Vortragenden: Paola Cotticelli
18:15–19:00 Paola Cotticelli (University of Verona): Die pragmatische Wirkung der Rhetorik in den hethitischen Texten
19:00–19:30 Discussion

December 14, 2016

Early Morning Session – Chairman: Adriano V. Rossi
10:30–11:00 Jens Braarvig (University of Oslo, Norway): Some loan translations in Old Norse
11:00–11:30 Dariush Borbor (Research Institute and Library of Iranian Studies, Teheran): Metaphor, Metonymy and Cognition in Comparative Reduplication
11:30–12:00 Coffee break
Late Morning Session – Chairman: Hans Christian Luschützky
12:00–12:30 Adriano V. Rossi (University of Naples): Achaimenidika
12:30–13:15 Rüdiger Schmitt (Laboe, Germany / Austrian Academy of Sciences): Onomastica Irano-Aramaica Bactriana. Zu den Personennamen der aramäischen Dokumente aus Baktrien
13:15–15:30 Lunch break
Early Afternoon Session – Chairman: Rüdiger Schmitt
15:30–16:00 Oswald Panagl (University of Salzburg): Stilfiguren und sprachliche Interferenzen Im Dithyrambos Persai  des Timotheos
16:00–16:45 Velizar Sadovski (Austrian Academy of Sciences): Heroic epics “from hero to zero”? Sociolinguistic stratification, politics of discursive au­tho­rity and development of Indo-Iranian poetic genres in Vedic times
16:45–17:15 Tea break
Late Afternoon Session – Chairwoman: Paola Cotticelli
17:15–17:45 Ran Zadok (University of Tel Aviv): Iškūz(a)
17:45–18:15 Gebhard Selz (University of Vienna): Teaching an early writing system in a multilingual society
December 15, 2016
Early Morning Session – Chairman: Ran Zadok
10:00–10:30 Mark Geller (Freie Universität zu Berlin): Multilingualism in Babylonian Lexicography
10:30–11:00 Florentina Badalanova-Geller (TOPOI Excellence Cluster, Freie Universität zu Berlin): Enochiana: from Babylon to Byzantium
11:00–11:30 Coffee break
Late Morning Session – Chairman: Oswald Panagl
11:30–12:00 Roman Gundacker (Austrian Academy of Sciences): Nominal compounds and ancient Egyptian geography. The geographic awareness of the ancient Egyptians in the third millennium BC according to linguistic evidence
12:00–12:30 Klaus Wagensonner (Yale University): Ancient interpreters. Commenting, explaining, and translating in ancient Near Eastern sources
12:30–13:00 Gebhard Selz (University of Vienna) and Velizar Sadovski (Austrian Academy of Sciences): Closing remarks